Gamete donors’ reasons for, and expectations and experiences of, registration with a voluntary donor linking register

Blyth, Eric, Crawshaw, Marilyn, Frith, Lucy and van den Akker, Olga (2017) Gamete donors’ reasons for, and expectations and experiences of, registration with a voluntary donor linking register. Human Fertility, 20 (4). pp. 268-278. ISSN 1464-7273

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study of the views and experiences of 21 sperm donors and five egg donors registered with UK DonorLink (UKDL), a voluntary DNA-based contact register established to facilitate contact between adults who wish to identify and locate others to whom they are genetically related following donor conception. Specifically, the paper examines donors’ reasons for searching for, or making information about themselves available to donor-conceived offspring. Their expectations of registration with UKDL, experiences of being registered and finally, the experiences of those who had contacted donor-conceived offspring and other genetic relatives are investigated. While most respondents reported largely positive experiences of registration, the study found significant issues relating to concerns about donation, DNA testing, possible linking with offspring and expectations of any relationship that might be established with offspring that have implications for support, mediation and counselling. Research that puts the experiences, perceptions and interests of gamete donors as the central focus of study is a relatively recent phenomenon. This study contributes to this debate and highlights directions for future research in this area.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 21533
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Human Fertility on 21/02/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14647273.2017.1292005
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Depositing User: Olga Van Den akker
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 15:25
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 17:02
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21533

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