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HAYASHI, Ednéia Aparecida Peres  and  MORIYAMA, Josy de Souza. Psychological Support Group for Women in Situation of Infertility. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2019, vol.39, e179820.  Epub Apr 25, 2019. ISSN 1982-3703.

This study aimed to report a clinical intervention, based on the principles of Behavior Analysis, in two groups of women in infertility situation. This program is part of the Extension Project of UEL/PR, in the field of Psychology, based on Behavior Analysis. Each group assisted seven women, between 31 and 42 years, in situation of conjugal infertility. Eleven sessions were held, approximately two hours each, once a week. After two months of the end of the groups, follow-up sessions were realized to monitor the changes observed. The procedures were group dynamics, problem solving and decision making techniques, Social Skills Training, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). To this end, it was sought to do Functional Analysis of the behaviors of each participant. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation, from data obtained with the session reports was realized. The group intervention led to the learning of a behavioral repertoire of coping with the difficulties related to infertility, the strengthening of positive aspects in the marital and social relationship, besides the emotional acceptance and its handling. During and after the follow-up sessions, four participants reported being starting the process of adoption and five participants were able to achieve pregnancy. It is suggested that further studies with wider control variables should be conducted to test the effectiveness of the procedures used.

Keywords : Infertility; Group Psychotherapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Functional Analytic Psychotherapy; Behavior Analysis.

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