Degrees of Medicalization: The Case of Infertility Health-Seeking

Arthur L. Greil, Katherine M. Johnson, Michele H. Lowry, Julia McQuillan, Kathleen S. Slauson-Blevins

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Abstract

We examine responses to infertility among a sample of 2,361 women with infertility from the National Survey of Fertility Barriers. Latent class analysis uncovered seven latent classes of behavioral response which can be arranged in a rough continuum from least medicalized to most medicalized response. We then aggregated these seven categories into three schemas representing various degrees of medicalization. Women in each class combine treatment-seeking, knowledge-seeking, socio-emotional support seeking, and non-medical solution-seeking strategies. Even women pursuing the greatest degree of medicalization in their health-seeking (e.g., fertility treatments, assisted reproduction) made use of a variety of medical and non-medical health-seeking resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSociological Quarterly
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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  • Medical sociology
  • family
  • sex and gender

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Degrees of Medicalization : The Case of Infertility Health-Seeking. / Greil, Arthur L.; Johnson, Katherine M.; Lowry, Michele H.; McQuillan, Julia; Slauson-Blevins, Kathleen S.

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Greil, Arthur L. ; Johnson, Katherine M. ; Lowry, Michele H. ; McQuillan, Julia ; Slauson-Blevins, Kathleen S. / Degrees of Medicalization : The Case of Infertility Health-Seeking. In: Sociological Quarterly. 2019.
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