Relationships between infertility-related stress, family sense of coherence and quality of life of couples with infertility

Fei Wan Ngai, Alice Yuen Loke

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This is a cross-sectional study with the objective to examine the relationships between infertility-related stress, family sense of coherence and quality of life of Chinese couples with infertility in Hong Kong. A convenience sample of 135 Chinese couples were recruited at the subfertility clinics of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. Data were collected using the Fertility Problem Inventory, Family Sense of Coherence Scale and Fertility Quality of Life. Path analysis was used for data analysis. The results showed that infertility-related stress had a negative association with the quality of life of infertile couples and family sense of coherence mediated the effect of infertility-related stress on quality of life for both partners. The infertility-related stress of women had a negative association with their husbands’ quality of life. Infertile women had more infertility-related stress and a lower quality of life than their husbands. The findings provide new insights into the importance of family sense of coherence in facilitating couples’ adjustment to infertility. Culturally competent heath care interventions should be developed to strengthen family sense of coherence among Chinese couples with infertility and help them reduce their infertility-related stress, thus improving their quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Fertility
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2021


  • Couples
  • family sense of coherence
  • infertility-related stress
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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