Completing the surrogate motherhood process: parental order reporters’ attitudes towards surrogacy arrangements, role ambiguity and role conflict

Purewal, Satvinder and Crawshaw, Marilyn and Van den Akker, Olga (2012) Completing the surrogate motherhood process: parental order reporters’ attitudes towards surrogacy arrangements, role ambiguity and role conflict. Human Fertility, 15 (2). pp. 94-99. ISSN 1464-7273

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/14647273.2012.668746

Abstract

This study investigated the attitudes of parental order reporters (PORs) towards their work with surrogacy arrangements and their experiences of role conflict and role ambiguity. A questionnaire was used to assess PORs’ perceptions of their role in parental order [PO] applications, attitudes towards surrogacy arrangements and the legal process and the influence of role ambiguity or conflict. Questionnaires were distributed to all PORs employed by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in England. Thirty-three PORs participated (response rate 46%) who, on average, had each completed five PO applications (range 1–40). Positive attitudes towards surrogacy and the child’s needs for openness about origins were found. Concerns about the inadequacy of preparation and assessment arrangements, overseas arrangements and non-regulation of surrogacy agencies were evident. PORs with high-role ambiguity were more likely to report less positive attitudes towards the emotional consequence of surrogacy on offspring. High scores on role ambiguity and role conflict were reflected in less positive attitudes towards the parties’ preparation towards parenthood. These results have implications for training, policy and practice in this area.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):Surrogacy, social work, parental order reporter, crossborder reproductive care, child’s welfare
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
ID Code:9469
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Deposited On:06 Nov 2012 04:55
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