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This study adopted a descriptive research design of correlational type to examine the extent to which age, coping style and psychological distress predict infertility-related stress among childless female secondary school teachers in Ibadan North Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria. The sample consisted of forty-seven (47) childless female teachers who were selected based on convenience, availability and willingness to participate. They responded to three standardized self-report measures. Pearson Product Moment Correlation and regression statistics were used to analyze data at 0.05 level of significance. The result indicated that most of the respondent (65.9%) experience a high level of infertility-related global stress. A significant negative relationship was found between age, coping style and participants’ infertility-related global stress, while psychological distress had a significant positive relationship with the criterion measure. The selected variables accounted for 85% of the variance in prediction of infertility-related stress. Psychological distress made the highest contribution to the prediction of infertility-related stress of participants, while coping style made the least contribution. The need for viable measures be taken to define the changing emotional needs of childless female teachers, empower them with healthy coping skills and make individual and group action plans towards crisis management was recommended from this outcome.
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