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Children born through reproductive donation: a longitudinal study of psychological adjustment
Article first published online: 23 NOV 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry © 2012 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume 54, Issue 6, pages 653–660, June 2013
How to Cite
Golombok, S., Blake, L., Casey, P., Roman, G. and Jadva, V. (2013), Children born through reproductive donation: a longitudinal study of psychological adjustment. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54: 653–660. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12015
- Issue published online: 22 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 23 NOV 2012
- Accepted for publication: 19 September 2012
- egg donation;
- psychological adjustment;
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.