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The Fertility Problem Inventory and Infertility-Related Stress: A Case Study
The Qualitative Report
  • Staci L Born, Johnson State College
  • Jennifer J. Preston, Saybrook University

More than seven million people of childbearing age in the United States experience infertility. Oftentimes, for women, the experience of infertility is stressful. The Fertility Problem Inventory (FPI) has been used to quantitatively measure women’s experience of infertility-related stress. However, the construct of infertility-related stress is poorly described in existing literature. The purpose of this case study was to understand how women experience the FPI as a measure of infertility-related stress. To address this issue, women who were undergoing infertility treatment completed the FPI and participated in unstructured interviews. Archival documents were also retrieved to corroborate findings and satisfy saturation. Results indicated that the FPI is lacking in structure and organization to describe women’s experiences of infertility-related stress. Specifically, women described feeling infertility having an influence upon their identity and their coping.

  • Infertility-Related Stress,
  • Infertility,
  • Fertility Problem Inventory,
  • Case Study,
  • Qualitative
Author Bio(s)

Staci Born is an Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont and may be contacted at

Jennifer Preston is a Core Faculty member in the MA Counseling program at Saybrook University in Oakland, California.

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Citation Information
Staci L Born and Jennifer J. Preston. "The Fertility Problem Inventory and Infertility-Related Stress: A Case Study" (2016) p. 497 - 520
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