Procriação medicamente assistida
: vivência psicológica e intimidade de um grupo de casais portugueses

  • Mafalda Figueiredo Fernandes (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The present study aimed to characterize a group of Portuguese couples diagnosed with infertility, candidates for MAR (Medical Assisted Reproduction) techniques and who are being followed up in two MAR services in the north of Portugal integrated in the National Health Service (SNS), considering sociodemographic and infertility characteristics, the presence or absence of anxious and depressive symptoms, and intimacy in the dyadic relationship. The sample of this study consists of 70 couples (couples and women), with a total of 140 individuals, aged between 25 and 54 years. The instruments used for data collection were the Screening of In-Vitro Fertility Treatments (SCREEN-IVF), the Relationship Intimacy Assessment Scale (PAIR) and the Fertility Problems Inventory (FPI). As described in other studies, in our sample were identified in 72.9% of men and 78.6% of women anxious symptoms, and in 17.1% of men and 21.3% of women depressive symptoms. As for anxiety, there is a high value in both genders. Regarding the number of treatments, they are related to sexual aspects of intimacy in women. As described in other works, we found correlations with some dimensions of intimacy and depression in women, for example sexual aspects.
Date of Award14 Jul 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMaria Raul Xavier (Supervisor)


  • Infertility
  • Medical assisted reproduction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Intimacy


  • Mestrado em Psicologia

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