Does fertility-specific distress vary by race/ethnicity among a probability sample of women in the United States?

Arthur L. Greil, Julia McQuillan, Delida Sanchez

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This study explored whether fertility-specific distress varied by race/ethnicity among a nationally representative sample of US women. Participants were 2363 White (n = 1266), Black (n = 569), Hispanic (n = 453), and Asian (n = 51) women who participated in the National Survey of Fertility Barriers. Participants were given the Fertility-Specific Distress Scale and assessed for strength of pregnancy intent, primary versus secondary infertility, and socioeconomic hardship. Black women reported lower levels of fertility-specific distress than White women, but these were fully mediated by the strength of pregnancy intentions. Primary versus secondary infertility and economic hardship were not associated with fertility-specific distress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016



  • black
  • disparities
  • distress
  • ethnicity
  • hispanic
  • infertility
  • race
  • white

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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