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Psychological Morbidity in Endometriosis: A Couple’s Study

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Psychology Research Center (CIPsi), School of Psychology, University of Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
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School of Psychology, University of Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
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Department of Gynecology, Centro Materno-Infantil do Norte, Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto, 4099-001 Porto, Portugal
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Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Hospital da Luz, 1649-028 Lisboa, Portugal
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Departament of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproduction Medicine, Hospital Santa Maria, 1649-028 Lisboa, Portugal
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Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, School of Medicine, University of Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
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ICVS/3B’s—PT Government Associate Laboratory, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital de Braga, 4710-243 Braga, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Natalie Leblanc
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(20), 10598; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010598
Received: 30 July 2021 / Revised: 24 September 2021 / Accepted: 2 October 2021 / Published: 10 October 2021
Endometriosis is a chronic gynecological disease that impacts more than 176 million women worldwide, having a strong impact on psychological morbidity. This study aimed to evaluate the contribution of psychological morbidity, in women with endometriosis, taking into consideration the duration of the couple’s relationship and the duration of the disease and also examined whether women’s sexual satisfaction had an impact on their psychological morbidity (actor effect) and on their sexual partners’ psychological morbidity (partner effect) and vice versa. Participants were 105 women and their partners, who answered the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS); Couple Satisfaction Index (CSI-4) and the Global Measure of Sexual Satisfaction (GMSEX). The results revealed a direct effect between the perception of symptom severity, marital satisfaction, and women’s psychological morbidity. Sexual activity and the presence of infertility had an indirect effect on the relationship between sexual satisfaction, diagnosis duration, and psychological morbidity, respectively. Finally, women’s sexual satisfaction had a direct effect on their own and their partner’s marital satisfaction that predicted less psychological morbidity, in both. Thus, a multidisciplinary intervention focused on the couple’s sexual and marital relationship is needed to promote psychological well-being in this population. View Full-Text
Keywords: endometriosis; psychological morbidity; patients; partners endometriosis; psychological morbidity; patients; partners
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Pereira, M.G.; Ribeiro, I.; Ferreira, H.; Osório, F.; Nogueira-Silva, C.; Almeida, A.C. Psychological Morbidity in Endometriosis: A Couple’s Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 10598. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010598

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Pereira MG, Ribeiro I, Ferreira H, Osório F, Nogueira-Silva C, Almeida AC. Psychological Morbidity in Endometriosis: A Couple’s Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(20):10598. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010598

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Pereira, Maria G., Inês Ribeiro, Hélder Ferreira, Filipa Osório, Cristina Nogueira-Silva, and Ana C. Almeida. 2021. "Psychological Morbidity in Endometriosis: A Couple’s Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 20: 10598. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010598

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