by The Ackerman Institute for the Family's Infertility Project
This video offers a framework for understanding the emotional and psychological impact of infertility upon couples who have sought unsuccessfully to conceive.
Due to a variety of factors, a growing number of couples in the United States find themselves facing the profound disappointment of infertility. In a society that places a high value on parenting, the pressure of infertility can place enormous strain on even the healthiest of relationships. When asked to rate their most stressful life experience, research participants in one study reported that the stress of infertility was nearly as devastating as the death of a child or spouse.
Using a clinical illustration of a family systems approach to treatment, this video offers a framework for understanding the emotional and psychological impact of infertility upon couples who have sought unsuccessfully to conceive. Producer Steve Lerner has combined rich clinical insights gained from years of working as a family therapist with deft production skills honed as founding director of Menninger Video Productions to create this immensely useful resource in collaboration with the Depression Project of the renowned Ackerman Institute for the Family.
Walking viewers through a series of profoundly illuminating and emotionally charged clinical sessions with an infertile couple, the video depicts how to help couples:
- Work through the feelings of profound loss, mourning, and shame that often surround a diagnosis of infertility.
- Recognize and cope with the common problems arising from an infertility diagnosis (e.g., marital dissatisfaction, sexual dysfunction, loss of spontaneity, and increased conflict).
- Reduce the feelings of isolation the separate members of the couple feel from each other as well as from family and friends.
41 min DVD Video
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