The effect of a group programme on women with the Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome

Authors

  • Philomeen T. M. Weijenborg,

    Gynaecologist, Corresponding author
    1. Department of Psychosomatic Gynaecology and Sexology, Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands
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  • Moniek M. ter Kuile

    Clinical Psychologist
    1. Department of Psychosomatic Gynaecology and Sexology, Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands
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Correspondence: Dr P. T. M. Weijenborg, Outpatient Clinic for Psychosomatic Gynaecology and Sexology, Poortgebouw-Zuid, PO Box 9600, Leiden University Medical Centre, 2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands.

Abstract

Objective To evaluate the effect of a group programme on psychological distress in women with the Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome.

Setting Gynaecologic outpatient clinic.

Sample Seventeen women with MRKH syndrome participated in this study.

Method A semi-structured programme of seven sessions was offered dealing with themes of the MRKH syndrome. Psychological distress was measured at the first visit 3–6 month before the group programme was started (pre-test-0), at the first (pre-test) and then at the last group session (post-test).

Main outcome measure The Symptom Check List-90 was used to assess feelings of psychological distress.

Results The post-test subscale scores for anxiety, depression, interpersonal sensitivity and the total score for psychological distress were significantly lower than the pre-test-0 and pre-test scores (P < 0.05). No significant differences were found between the pre-test-0 and pre-test subscale scores and total score.

Conclusion A semi-structured group programme seems valuable in helping women with the MRKH syndrome to deal with their psychological stress.

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