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Family building in donor conception: parents' experiences of sharing information

Blyth, Eric; Langdridge, Darren and Harris, Rhonda (2010). Family building in donor conception: parents' experiences of sharing information. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 28(2) pp. 116–127.

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This paper presents the findings of a qualitative investigation of the experience of parents in the UK who have built their families through donor conception and have told their children about their origins. Key themes identified in the study include parental motivation for disclosure, the relationship between telling the child and telling others, the importance of the 'seed-planting' strategy for telling children, and 'ownership' of information about the child's conception. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of the research findings for encouraging parental disclosure of donor conception as advocated in the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology
ISSN: 0264-6838
Keywords: assisted reproduction; qualitative methods; infertility; psychosocial factors
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 24276
Depositing User: Darren Langdridge
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2010 11:32
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 17:13
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