Experiences and psychological distress of fertility treatment and employment

Payne, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5885-9801, Seenan, Susan and van den Akker, Olga ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3529-4358 (2019) Experiences and psychological distress of fertility treatment and employment. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 40 (2) . pp. 156-165. ISSN 0167-482X [Article] (doi:10.1080/0167482X.2018.1460351)

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Purpose: This study examined experiences and psychological distress about fertility treatment in people combining work and treatment.

Methods: 563 participants in the UK completed an online survey asking about difficulties in combining work and treatment; workplace disclosure, support, absence and policy; and psychological distress about treatment.

Results: Absence from work and perceptions that treatment has an impact on work and career prospects were reported by the majority of participants and this was related to the psychological distress of treatment. Around three quarters of participants disclosed to their employer and colleagues. The key reason for disclosure was needing to ask for absence from work and the main reason for non-disclosure was privacy. Workplace policy relating to managing fertility treatment and support from colleagues and their employer was related to reduced psychological distress but workplace policy was reported by less than one quarter of participants.

Conclusions: Difficulties experienced in combining work and treatment suggest that support is needed. Specific workplace policy, guidance for supervisors and flexibility in fertility clinic times should help support employees during treatment and reduce psychological distress, thereby potentially influencing physical health and treatment outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 24066
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology on 16/04/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0167482X.2018.1460351
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Depositing User: Nicola Payne
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2018 16:51
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 19:12
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/24066

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