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Sara Beg PSY 2012 Section AW59 Kimberly Renk Golombok, S., Readings, J., Blake, L., Casey, P., Mellish, L., Marks, A., & Jadva, V. (2011, April). Children conceived by gamete donation: Psychological adjustment and mother-child relationships at age 7. . Journal of Family Psychology . Retrieved June 10, 2011, from PsycARTICLES database.
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Many children conceived through In Vitro fertilization are conceived using donated eggs and/or sperm. These children are often never informed of their genetic heritage by their parents, who do not wish to disclose that the children are genetically not their own. The study of a sample of over 100 families with children born through In Vitro with donated gametes in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and the U.K. revealed that, of the 100+ families, none had told the children the truth by the time they were old enough to attend school. By the time the children reached early adolescence, a meager 8.6% of the parents had told their children the truth. Studies in the U.S. revealed similar results. There is concern that this kind of secrecy can take a toll on the whole family and especially negatively affect the child. Studies already done on adopted children show that adopted children who were not given any information about their biological parents can begin to question their identity and may even develop psychological issues. As for the rest of the family, this kind of secrecy can drive a wedge between family members, but where gamete donation is concerned, parents tend to fear that once the child knows the truth, he/she may act differently toward the parent he/she is not genetically related to, since, in the case of adoption, the child is biologically related to neither parent, but with gamete donation, the child is genetically related to one parent but not the other. Because the percentage of parents who told their children about the gamete donation is so
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