Attributional Styles and Coping Strategies in the Women with Infertility and Miscarriages

Author: Sarah Tahir

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar and Ms. Uneeza Saeed Qureshi

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to investigate attributional styles and coping strategies in the women with infertility and miscarriages. Rate of infertility and miscarriages is growing day by day so it is important to explore how these women give attributions to both problems and how do they cope with them. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be significant differences of attributional styles (internal cause, internal solution, external cause, external Solution) and coping strategies in women with infertility and miscarriages and there is a relationship between attributional styles and coping strategies of them. Between  group research design and purposive sampling technique was used. Sample comprised of 48 women (23 = Infertile women and 25 = women with miscarriages). Attributional Problem Cause and Solution Scale and Brief Cope Inventory were used for assessment. Independent sample t– test and Pearson Product-Moment Correlation were used to analyze the hypothesis. The results highlighted that there was no difference in attributional styles of women with miscarriages and infertility but the results showed that infertile women use more denial, behavioral disengagement and planning coping strategies as compare to those who have miscarriages. Counseling programs should be arranged for such women to help them deal with their feelings and emotions so that they could overcome such loss with developing better coping

Keywords: Attributional Styles, Coping Strategies, Infertility, Miscarriages.

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