Major Department

Communication Studies


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Fall 2018

Honors Major Advisor

Timothy Havens

Thesis Mentor

Sylvia Mikucki-Enyart


The present study examines whether avoiding disclosure of infertility to in-laws causes an increase in fertility related distress, as well as communication rules about said disclosure between partners. There are many current studies about disclosure and social support for women with infertility as well as studies about communication with in-laws but not much research combining these theoretical frameworks. Further research about communication rules and fertility related stress in the event of disclosure to in-laws could improve therapeutic care and guidance for infertile women. It could also improve therapy for couples by examining the strain in relationships caused by communication with in-laws. This paper will review the existing literature and theories contributing to this study as well as presenting the quantitative methods and potential findings


infertility, in-laws, disclosure

Total Pages

25 pages


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