Effectiveness of Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Depression in Infertile Women

Document Type : Original Article


1 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Research Center, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

2 Assistant professor, Department of Family Consultancy, School of Psychologic and Education Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran.

3 General Physician, Psychiatry and Behavioral Research Center, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

4 Associate professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Research Center, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

5 B.Sc. Student of Biotechnology, School of Pardis Sciences, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran.

6 M.Sc. of Clinical Psychology, Sohravardi Clinic, Mashhad, Iran.


Introduction: According to the prevalence of infertility and psychological problems such as depression and anxiety that affect the life in infertile individuals, this study investigated the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) on depression in infertile women.
Methods: In this interventional study in 2011, 30 cases of infertile women referred to Montaseriyeh Infertility Hospital in Mashhad. They fulfilled Beck and Hamilton Depression Inventories. Then they were divided into two groups of case and control. For experimental group, 10 weekly sessions of group CBT was performed. All of cases fulfilled Beck and Hamilton Depression inventories for post-test. Data were analyzed by SPSS software version 11.5 and covariance analysis. P value less than 0.05 was considered significant.
Results: Cognitive behavioral therapy had a significant effect on depression in cases compare to controls (F=35.37, p<0.001).
Conclusion: Group cognitive behavioral therapyis effective in reduction of depression and psychological problems among infertile women.


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