Keeping a child's donor sperm conception secret is not linked to family and child functioning during middle childhood: An Australian comparative study
Gabor Thomas Kovacs, Sarah Wise, Sue Finch
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology | WILEY | Published : 2015
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Controversy exists as to whether children conceived using donor sperm should be told about their origins and the possible deleterious effects of secrecy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Follow-Up of Children Conceived through Donor Insemination research compares 'family functioning' and 'child well-being' in 62 families where donor-conceived children aged between 5 and 13 years had been 'told' (N = 29) and 'not told' (N = 33) of their genetic heritage. Couples were treated through the Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research Reproductive Medicine Clinic. Standardised measures of family functioning and child well-being collected from mothers were modelled to estimate mean d..View full abstract
Supported by a grant provided by The Fertility Society of Australia Research Grants. The authors wish to thank Dr. Helen Szoke, former CEO of the Infertility Treatment Authority of Victoria, who encouraged us to undertake the study, facilitated the data collection and connected the researchers.