Akyuz، Aygul نويسنده Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecologic Nursing, Nursing School, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey , , Sahiner، Gonul نويسنده Department of Obstetrics and Gynecologic Nursing, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, School of Nursing, Ankara, Turkey , , Seven، Memnun نويسنده Department of Obstetrics and Gynecologic Nursing, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, School of Nursing,Ankara, Turkey , , Bakir، Bilal نويسنده Department of Public Health, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey ,
Background: The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between marital
violence and distress level among women with a diagnosis of infertility.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study consisted of 139 married women
diagnosed as primary infertile who applied to an in vitro fertilization (IVF) center
in Turkey, between September and December 2009. A descriptive information questionnaire
developed by the researcher was used for data collection. In addition, an
infertility distress scale (IDS) for determining the severity effect of infertility and
the scale for marital violence against women (SDVW) for determining level of marital
violence against the women were used.
Results: The total IDS score of the study sample was 37.76 ± 10.53. There was no significant
relationship between the age and education level of the women and the total IDS
score. The total IDS score was higher in women who did not work and those being treated
for infertility for more than three years. The total SDVW score of the study sample was
67.0 ± 8.26. The total SDVW score was higher in women who had been trying to have a
child for more than six years and had received infertility treatment for longer than three
years. The employment status of the women and physical, emotional, and sexual violence
scores had a statistically significant relationship with the IDS scores. The emotional violence
score was found to have the highest significance among the variables affecting total
Conclusion: Marital violence is a factor increasing the distress of infertile women.
Healthcare staff serving infertile couples should consider the possibility of domestic
violence against women as a factor affecting the psychological infertility distress