Perceptions of Women Undergoing IVF Treatment: Women and Contemporary Society

Sparti, Claudia (2014). Perceptions of Women Undergoing IVF Treatment: Women and Contemporary Society Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Sparti, Claudia
Thesis Title Perceptions of Women Undergoing IVF Treatment: Women and Contemporary Society
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2014-10-08
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Melissa Johnstone
Total pages 76
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary An increasing proportion of women are requiring In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) to successfully conceive. Society has stipulated the economic and health reasons for why some women are more suitable candidates for IVF than others. However, it is unknown whether women’s work-family plans, and society’s ideas of what constitutes a ‘good’ woman, affect perceptions of these women and their suitability; the present study aimed to investigate this possibility. A total of 164 young adults (19-30years) completed an online questionnaire featuring the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory (ASI) and 1 of 4 hypothetical vignettes describing a woman and her lifestyle attributes. Within the vignettes, the woman’s career fulfilment (unfulfilling vs. fulfilling) and plans for work after the birth of her child (quit work vs. return to work after a period of leave) were manipulated. Participants were asked to rate the woman on her qualities of warmth, competence, and her suitability for IVF. It was hypothesised that this woman would be at risk of being reduced to a certain subtype dependent on her lifestyle attributes - warm or competent. Additionally, it was hypothesised that the relationship between these lifestyle attributes and warmth would be moderated by endorsements of benevolent sexism. Moreover, higher ratings of warmth in this context, would explain the relationship between these lifestyle attributes and higher ratings of IVF suitability. Whilst there was no support for these predictions, a mediation analysis provided an explanatory framework for understanding the influence of women’s work-family plans on perceptions of their suitability for IVF. Directions for future research and implications for IVF related decision-making are discussed.
Keyword Perceptions
women
IVF
treatment

 
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