Coping with infertility: A body-mind group intervention programme for infertile couples

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Lemmens, G. M. D., M. Vervaeke, P. Enzlin, E. Bakelants, D. Vanderschueren, T. D'Hooghe, and K. Demyttenaere. Coping with infertility: A body-mind group intervention programme for infertile couples. Human Reproduction, 20 May 2004, 10.1093/humrep/deh323. Abstract: http://humrep.oupjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/deh323v1?ct.

The recognition of the distressing character of infertility diagnosis and treatment has led to the development of several psychosocial interventions for infertile couples. At the Leuven University Fertility Centre, a body-mind marital group intervention was developed to help infertile couples cope with the distress related to infertility. This treatment program was originally adapted from a mind-body approach, but integrated concepts and techniques from body-oriented therapy, art therapy and multi-family group therapy. In this paper, the therapeutic foundations, treatment goals and practical implications of the mind-body marital group intervention are outlined. Further, the treatment procedure is explained in detail and illustrated by clinical vignettes.

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