Parent-child relationships and the psychological well-being of 18-year-old adolescents conceived by in vitro fertilisation

Susan Golombok*, Lucy Owen, Lucy Blake, Clare Murray, Vasanti Jadva

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Abstract

This article presents the findings of the first study to have followed up children conceived by in vitro fertilisation IVF to late adolescence. As close as possible to their eighteenth birthday, standardised interviews and questionnaires were administered to 26 adolescents conceived by IVF and comparison groups of 27 adolescents adopted in infancy and 56 adolescents conceived naturally by previously infertile parents. IVF adolescents were found to have good relationships with their parents that did not differ from those of adopted and natural conception adolescents. At age 18, no young person was distressed about having been conceived by IVF. The findings of this study indicate that as test-tube babies approach adulthood, they are generally functioning well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-72
Number of pages10
JournalHuman Fertility
Volume12
Issue number2
Early online date21 Jul 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • In-vitro fertilisation IVF

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