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Table 3 Coping strategies

From: Quality of life, coping strategies and support needs of women seeking Traditional Chinese Medicine for infertility and viable pregnancy in Australia: a mixed methods approach

Ways of coping subscales All women (n=25)
  Interpretation: “I usually do this …” Mean (SD)
Active coping = doing something about it Medium – a lot 3.31 (0.56)
Planning Medium – a lot 3.16 (0.67)
Seeking advice = instrumental social support Little – medium 2.71 (0.96)
Positive reinterpretation and growth Little - medium 2.66 (0.94)
Seeking empathy/discussing = emotional social support Little – medium 2.63 (1.05)
Acceptance Little 2.19 (0.95)
Venting emotions Little 2.06 (0.98)
Restraint = Restraining oneself of doing other things Little 2.00 (0.78)
Religious coping Little 2.00 (1.16)
Suppress doing other things Little 1.97 (0.63)
Mental disengagement/distraction Little 1.91 (0.61)
Giving up = behavioural disengagement Not at all – little 1.33 (0.64)
Denial Not at all – little 1.33 (0.64)
Substance abuse Not at all (all participants) 1.00 (0)
  1. ART, Assisted reproductive technologies.
  2. Each way of coping subscale was assessed by four non-consecutive statements on a 4-point Likert scale ranging from 1 = ‘I usually don’t do this at all’ to 4 = ‘I usually do this a lot’. The statements are listed in Carver 1998.