'I Was Quite Amazed': Donor Conception and Parent-Child Relationships from the Child's Perspective

Lucy Blake*, Polly Casey, Vasanti Jadva, Susan Golombok

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Abstract

Donor conception and parent-child relationships were explored from the child's perspective. At ages 7 and 10, interview data were obtained from children in 31 donor insemination, 28 egg donation and 51 natural conception families. Children were also administered the MacArthur Story Stem Battery and a family map. Children in all family types reported close and affectionate relationships with their parents, irrespective of the lack of a genetic link between the parent and the child. Of those children who were aware of their donor conception at age 10, most demonstrated an understanding of, and had positive feelings about their donor conception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-437
Number of pages13
JournalChildren and Society
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

Keywords

  • Children's perspectives
  • Donor conception
  • Donor insemination
  • Egg donation
  • Family relationships
  • Parent-child relationships

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