This descriptive correlational study purported to ascertain the relationships among self-esteem, blame and guilt, and sexuality of infertile young adult women, and to explore the basis for the study the Roy Adaptation Model (1976) was utilized. The convenience sample was comprised of 31 infertile women with diverse conditions who had undergone medical treatments for at least one year. The Infertility Questionnaire (IFQ) of Bernstein, Potts, and Mattox (1985) and researcher-developed questions were used in data collection to assess adaptation of the women to infertility. Quantitative data were analyzed using Pearson's Product Moment Correlation while content analysis was used to describe the qualitative data. Data were collected at a private infertility clinic for three consecutive weeks. Results of the study supported the three correlational hypotheses. When infertile women experience blame and guilt, self-esteem and sexuality are decreased. Also, as self-esteem is lowered, sexuality is decreased. The main coping strategies used by these women were prayer, hobbies, anger, and crying. Perceived supportiveness of significant others and health care providers was found to decrease emotional distress. Implications for clinical practice and nursing education were suggested, and three recommendations for further research were offered.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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First Advisor

Dr. Virginia Lee Cora

Second Advisor

Jessica Alexander

Third Advisor

Dr. Mary Patricia Curtis

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Nursing Commons