Estudio: Children Born Through Reproductive Donation: A Longitudinal Study of Psychological Adjustment (2013)

Authors: Susan Golombok, Lucy Blake, Polly Casey, Gabriela Roman, and Vasanti Jadva Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge, UK.

Background

Parenting and children’s adjustment were examined in 30 surrogacy families, 31 egg donation families, 35 donor insemination families, and 53 natural conception families.

Methods

Parenting was assessed at age 3 by a standardized interview designed to assess quality of parenting and by questionnaire measures of anxiety, depression and marital quality. Children’s adjustment was assessed at ages 3, 7 and 10 using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ).
Results

Although children born through reproductive donation obtained SDQ scores within the normal range, surrogacy children showed higher levels of adjustment difficulties at age 7 than children conceived by gamete donation. Mothers who had kept their child’s origins secret showed elevated levels of distress. However, maternal distress had a more negative impact on children who were aware of their origins.
Conclusions

The absence of a gestational connection to the mother may be more problematic for children than the absence of a genetic link.

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