The Role of Privacy in Families Created Through Assisted Reproductive Technology: Examining Existing Literature Using Communication Privacy Management Theory


Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 248B Stone Building, Greensboro, NC 27402 (


The number of families created through the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) has grown throughout the past decade. Families created through ART face many unique communication challenges both within the immediate family and with others outside the family, such as issues with privacy and disclosure. Whether parents choose to disclose genetic information to the child, to other immediate family members, or to others outside the family are issues that parents who use ART commonly face. This article applies communication privacy management theory to analyze the existing literature on families created through assisted reproductive technology. In doing so, the article highlights the communication and privacy issues these families face.