Relationship between Depression and Social Support among Infertile Women


  • Sonia Associate Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Arshad Hussain Hashmi Registrar, PIDE, Islamabad, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Dr. Amjad Rehman Asghar Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Jhang, Jhang, Punjab Pakistan



Depression, Infertility, Pakistan Social Support, Women


The experience of infertility can be extremely distressing for women, and it is often associated with the development of depression, which can significantly impact their lives. Due to social pressure and lack of social support their depression level increase. As a result, these women need more social support. The study's primary objective was to determine the incidence of depressive disorders and social support among women having infertility and explore the relationship between these variables. A cross-sectional research design was used. The sample constituted 350 women with (primary & secondary infertility) ages ranging from 18 to 42 years. A purposive sampling technique was used for sample selection. This study was done in 2018 at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and Samina Nisar Hospital in Sialkot City Punjab-Pakistan. Data were collected by using the Beck Depression and Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support. Out come showed a strong negative connection between depression and social support (r=-.58). Findings also determine the difference in the level of depression and social support based on demographic variables. Based on these findings, it is clear that infertile women are at risk of experiencing psycho-social issues, underscoring the importance of providing them with increased social support to help prevent psychological health problems. It is crucial to have structured programs that offer to counsel couples and their families, with a specific focus on addressing issues that may arise in relationships with in-laws.





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Sonia, Hashmi, A. H., & Asghar, A. R. (2023). Relationship between Depression and Social Support among Infertile Women. Pakistan Languages and Humanities Review, 7(1), 368–377.