Support or stressor? The community as a predictor of perceptions of infertility

Hani Nouman, Lea Zanbar

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Perceptions of women experiencing infertility may influence their coping and psychological adjustment. This study examined the influence of community pressure and support on the perception of fertility problems among 156 women in religious Jewish societies in Israel, undergoing fertility treatment. Regression analyses indicated that perceptions of pressure from the community were associated with more problematic consequences and problem severity and timeline, while perceptions of community support were simultaneously associated with lower levels of loss of control and higher levels of problematic consequences. Thus, social work interventions should consider ways to increase support, while reducing the stress resulting from it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)650-667
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Perception of infertility
  • pressure from community
  • pronatalist societies
  • support from community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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