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Publication Date: 2016-08-20

Journal Title: Reproductive BioMedicine Online

Publisher: Elsevier

Language: English

Type: Article

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Citation: Freeman, T., Zadeh, S., Smith, V., & Golombok, S. (2016). Disclosure of sperm donation: a comparison between solo mother and two-parent families with identifiable donors. Reproductive BioMedicine Online https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2016.08.004

Description: This is the final version of the article. It first appeared from Elsevier via http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2016.08.004

Abstract: Disclosure of donor conception to children was compared between solo mother and two-parent families with children aged 4–8 years conceived since the removal of donor anonymity in the UK. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 31 heterosexual solo mothers and 47 heterosexual mothers with partners to investigate their decisions and experiences about identifiable donation and disclosure to their children. No significant difference was found in the proportion of mothers in each family type who had told their children about their donor conception (solo mothers 54.8%; partnered mothers 36.2%). Of those who had not told, a significantly higher proportion of solo mothers than partnered mothers intended to disclose ($\small \textit{P}$ < 0.05). Partnered mothers were more likely than solo mothers to feel neutral, ambivalent or negative about having used an identifiable donor ($\small \textit{P}$ < 0.05), and were less likely to consider children’s knowledge of their genetic origins as extremely important ($\small \textit{P}$ < 0.05). These findings are relevant to provision of counselling services as it cannot be assumed that parents will tell their children about their origins or their entitlement to request the identity of their donor at the age of 18 years. Further qualitative research would increase understanding of solo mothers’ attitudes towards disclosure.

Keywords: disclosure, donor insemination, identifiable donors, single mothers by choice, solo mothers

Sponsorship: Wellcome Trust (Grant ID: 097857/Z/11/Z)

Embargo Lift Date: 2100-01-01

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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2016.08.004

This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/260449



Rights: Attribution 4.0 International

Licence URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/





Autor: Freeman, TabithaZadeh, SophieSmith, VenessaGolombok, Susan

Fuente: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/260449



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