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Title: The Meaning of Childbearing Among IVF Service Users Assessed via Laddering Technique
Authors: Lee, G.L. 
Neimeyer, R.A.
Chan, C.L.W.
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Citation: Lee, G.L., Neimeyer, R.A., Chan, C.L.W. (2012-10). The Meaning of Childbearing Among IVF Service Users Assessed via Laddering Technique. Journal of Constructivist Psychology 25 (4) : 302-324. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The psychosocial issues related to infertility have been widely researched. However, the meaning a couple gives to childbearing remains a relatively unexplored area. This study explores the meaning making of Hong Kong Chinese couples who had received in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Eleven IVF-successful and seven IVF-unsuccessful informants were assessed using two complementary constructivist methods: laddering technique and constructivist-grounded theory analysis of in-depth interviews. Findings revealed four aspects of symbolic meaning of childbearing focused on the informant's sense of self, cultural values, existential purpose, and relations with others. The results also depicted infertility as a form of disenfranchised grief, following ambiguous loss, underscoring the need for counselors to explore the meaning of childbearing among IVF service users and the impact on their self-narratives as a function of treatment outcome. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Source Title: Journal of Constructivist Psychology
ISSN: 10720537
DOI: 10.1080/10720537.2012.703573
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