Coping patterns of in vitro fertilization nurse coordinators: Strategies for combating low outcome effectance

Judith Rodin, Susan Anderson, Filomena Nero, Michael Diamond, Alan Dfchfrney

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Data were gathered concerning coping strategies that nurse coordinators working in the field of in vitro fertilization would use to meet typical work-related stressors. Causality orientation—or tendency to perceive oneself as autonomous, controlled or helpless—was also measured. It was hypothesized that nurses using problem-focused/disengaged strategies, such as thinking about therapeutic successes or trying not to dwell on stressors, and who were high in autonomy, would be most effective in coping with situations where control over outcomes is limited. Statistical analyses revealed a group of nurses following the coping pattern described in the hypothesis. These individuals reported less work-related stress than other nurse coordinators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-232
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology & Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 1989
Externally publishedYes



  • Stress
  • coping
  • in vitro fertilization
  • medical care provider

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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