Ethics and society. The European study of assisted reproduction families: the transition to adolescence
Source: Human Reproduction, Volume 17, Number 3, March 2002 , pp. 830-840(11)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:BACKGROUND: Findings are presented of the second phase of a European longitudinal study of families created by assisted reproduction. The present investigation reports on data obtained during the child's transition to adolescence. METHODS: A total of 102 IVF families, 94 donor insemination (DI) families, 102 adoptive families, and 102 families with a naturally conceived child were compared on standardized interview and questionnaire measures of parenting and children's psychological well-being. RESULTS: The assisted reproduction families were similar to the adoptive and natural conception families for many of the measures of the quality of parent–child relationships. To the extent that differences were found between the assisted reproduction families and the other family types, these reflected mainly more positive functioning among the assisted reproduction families, with the possible exception of the overinvolvement with their children of a small proportion of assisted reproduction mothers and fathers. The assisted reproduction children were functioning well and did not differ from the adoptive or naturally conceived children on any of the measures of psychological adjustment. However, only 8.6% had been told about their genetic origins. CONCLUSIONS: IVF and DI families with an early adolescent child appear to be functioning well.
Document Type: Original Article
Affiliations: 1: Family and Child Psychology Research Centre, City University, London, UK, 2: Department of Gynaecology, Leiden University Hospital, The Netherlands, 3: University of Milan, Italy, 4: Institut Dexeus, Barcelona, Spain and 5: Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Publication date: March 2002
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