J Clin Obstet Gynecol Infertil | Volume 5, Issue 1 | Research Article | Open Access

Determination of Dyadic Adjustment and Exposure to Domestic Violence among Infertile Women

Nilufer Tugut1*, Gulbahtiyar Demirel2 and Meral Karatas3

1Department of Nursing, Sivas Cumhuriyet University, Turkey 2Department of Midwifery, Sivas Cumhuriyet University, Turkey 3Cumhuriyet University, Healthcare Services Application and Research Hospital, Turkey

*Correspondance to: Nilufer Tugut 

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Objective: The study aims to determine dyadic adjustment and exposure to domestic violence among infertile women. Methods: The present study has a descriptive design. The sample of the study is composed of 98 infertile women admitted to the Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic. Study data were collected using the Sociodemographic Characteristics Questionnaire, Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS) and Domestic Violence Screening Form. The data were analyzed using the SPSS 14.0 software package. To analyze the data, arithmetic mean, standard deviation, percentage distributions, independent two-sample t-test and one-way analysis of variance test were used. The statistical significance level was set at 0.05. Results: Of the participants, 34.7% had been subjected to domestic violence before they were diagnosed within fertility. Of these victims, 66% were subjected to psychological and verbal abuse and 13.6% to sexual violence. Of the participants, 44.9% were exposed to domestic violence after they were diagnosed with infertility. Of these victims, 54.5% were exposed to psychological/ verbal abuse and 27.6% to sexual violence. The mean total score obtained from the RDAS by the participants was 42.66 ± 5.70. The mean scores obtained by the participants subjected to violence were statistically significantly lower than were those of obtained by the participants not subjected to violence (p<0.05). Conclusion: The participants were found to have been exposed to a high level of violence after they were diagnosed with infertility, which negatively affected their dyadic adjustment.


Dyadic Adjustment; Domestic violence; Infertility; Turkey


Tugut N, Demirel G, Karatas M. Determination of Dyadic Adjustment and Exposure to Domestic Violence among Infertile Women. J Clin Obstet Gynecol Infertil. 2021; 5(1): 1051.

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