The effect of cognitive behavior therapy on attitude of infertile individuals toward child adoption


infertility, child adoption, attitude, cognitive behavior therapy


Introduction. Infertility is one of the most important life-threatening crises that will cause serious psychological problems and serious stressful experience for couples. Granting the parenting of neglected children can have benefits both for infertile couples and those children. The aim of study was investigating the effect of cognitive-behavioral counseling on attitude of infertile individuals towards child adoption.

Method. It is a clinical trial study. 40 samples were determined in each case and control group. Five 90-minute cognitive-behavioral counseling sessions were held for intervention group. Control group participants were in waiting list. Data were reported based on frequency distribution, central distribution and dispersion, Wilcoxon test and paired T – test. The level of significance was set at p<0.05.

Results. Participants in this study had a mean age of 32.5 years old, the mean years without children was 6.29 years, most of them had higher education. The majority of individuals in the control and intervention groups referred more than once for treatment of infertility. Based on the results of the current study, the attitude score of the intervention group before consultation was 100.74 and it was 112.46 after counseling(p=0.046). And the score of attitudes toward adoption after counseling in control group was 97.10, and it has been 112.46 in the intervention group (p < 0.001). Conclusions. CBT has been effective on the attitude of infertile people towards adoption.


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