Cognitive coping, goal adjustment, and depressive and anxiety symptoms in people undergoing infertility treatment: a prospective study

V. Kraaij, N. Garnefski, M.J. Schroevers, J. Weijmer, F. Helmerhorst

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The relationships between cognitive coping strategies, goal adjustment, and symptoms of depression and anxiety were studied in people with fertility problems. Both cross-sectional and prospective relationships were studied in a sample of 313 patients attending an infertility clinic. Self-report questionnaires were filled out at home. Positive refocusing, rumination and catastrophizing, and goal reengagement were related to symptoms of depression and anxiety. When looking at the long-term effects, rumination and catastrophizing were also related to emotional problems nine months later. These findings suggest that intervention programs should focus on cognitive coping strategies and goal-based processes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-886
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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