I feel like they were mine and I should be looking after them: an exploration of non-patient women's attitudes towards oocyte donation.

Purewal, Satvinder and Van den Akker, Olga (2009) I feel like they were mine and I should be looking after them: an exploration of non-patient women's attitudes towards oocyte donation. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 30 (4). pp. 215-222. ISSN 0167-482X

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Abstract

The aims of this study were to qualitatively assess the meaning of oocytes and oocyte donation for treatment and research among non-patient women in the UK using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. This study also assessed the application of components of the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) in intentions and attitudes towards oocyte donation. Eight parous and nulliparous women from White and South Asian backgrounds, who reported no fertility problems, were interviewed. Four interrelated super-ordinate themes were identified: (1) oocytes as 'Just a cell' and 'Potential life'; (2) oocyte donation as 'Altruism' and 'Not normal behaviour'; (3) 'Importance of motherhood' and the 'Importance of a genetic link'. Ethnic differences were observed in the final theme (4) which identified the importance of 'Social Support' and 'Reproductive Control' in women's discourses of oocyte donation. Analysis revealed participant's beliefs and thoughts about oocyte donation were complex, interwoven and paradoxical. Previous quantitative studies that have assessed components of the TPB in relation to oocyte donation have failed to identity important alternative explanations of oocyte donation and subtle complexities in attitudes.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
ISI Impact: 4
Item ID: 3613
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2010 06:50
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2015 11:28
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/3613

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