Association between infertility factors and non-physical partner abuse in infertile couples

Mahboubeh Taebi, Sedighe JamaliGandomani, Parisa Nilforoushan, Ali GholamiDehaghi



Background: Infertility predisposes the couples to mental and psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, anger, and partner abuse. This study aimed to investigate the association between infertility factors and the non-physical abuse between infertile spouses.

Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted on 262 infertile couples (131 female and 131 male), selected through convenient sampling, who referred to infertility centers in Isfahan. Data were collected by “Partner Abuse Scale: Non-physical” (PASNP), designed to measure the non-physical abuse experienced in relationship with partner and “Non-physical Abuse of Partner Scale” (NPAPS), designed to measure the non-physical abuse delivered upon the partner. All data were analyzed through SPSS version 16. 

Results: Mean scores of NPAPS were 23.1% and 21.3% in men and women, respectively. Mean scores of PASNP were 13.8% and 20.3% among men and women, respectively. There was a significant difference in the mean scores of perceived non-physical partner abuse between men and women (P < 0.001). There was also a significant difference in the mean scores of perceived non-physical partner abuse and factor of infertility (P < 0.01).

Conclusions: Perceived non-physical abuse and delivered non-physical abuse upon the partner were low among infertile couples. Women had a higher perception of abuse when the cause of infertility was female factor, compared to men. However, special attention should be paid to infertile couples. Marital counseling, besides infertility counseling, should be conducted for these couples.

Key words: Infertility, infertility factors, non-physical abuse, partner


Infertility; infertility factors; non-physical abuse; partner

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