Religiosity, Social Support and Coping Styles among Infertile Women

Author: Fiza Waseem

Supervisor: Ms. Tehreem Arshad

Degree: BS

Year: 2005-2009

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


The present study aimed to explore the relationship of religiosity, social support and coping styles among infertile-women. A sample of 50 infertile women was taken from government hospital and private hospitals of Lahore city through Purposive sampling. For comparison, match group was added and the data for match group was taken from the community. Data was matched on age, education and monthly income. The instruments used in the study were Religious Activity Scale, to measure the religiosity factor; Spiritual Support Scale, to measure the level of spirituality; Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS), to measure the social support; and Ways of Coping Questionnaire (WCQ), to measure whether the women were using problem focus coping or emotional focus coping styles. Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used for the Statistical analysis; t-test was run to find the differences between the coping styles of both groups. Frequencies and Percentages of demographics were computed. Results showed that there was no difference between the coping styles of fertile and infertile women. Those infertile women who are more religious tend to engage more in problem focus coping. Women with high level of perceived social support scored high on problem focus coping than emotional focus coping.

Keywords: Infertile, Women, Social Support, Coping, Religiosity.

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