Attitudes and intentions towards volunteer oocyte donation

Purewal, Satvinder and van den Akker, Olga ORCID: (2009) Attitudes and intentions towards volunteer oocyte donation. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 19 . pp. 19-26. ISSN 1472-6491 [Article] (doi:10.1016/S1472-6483(10)60059-4)


There is an acute shortage of donated oocytes in the UK and clinics are largely relying on shared donation. Shared donation of oocytes is not without its ethical and moral concerns. The aims of this study were therefore to investigate non-patient population attitudes towards oocyte donation and examine the link between oocyte donation intentions and reasons for parenthood using structural equation modelling (SEM). The survey population consisted of 349 women aged 27.8 4.7 years. Results revealed that approximately one-third of women would consider donating their oocytes as identifiable donors. SEM analyses indicated a significant direct effect of positive attitudes towards oocyte donation, high levels of social support and endorsement of less conventional reasons for parenthood to intentions to donate. Age, education and attitudes towards the importance of a genetic link between parent and child indirectly influenced intentions to donate oocytes. Intenders’ less conventional perceptions of parenthood coincided with their positive beliefs about the importance of parenthood and children. Thus, results indicated that attitudes towards parenthood are an important factor underpinning the motivation for potential oocyte donation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Ethics Bioscience and Life, Supplement 1
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
ISI Impact: 3
Item ID: 3141
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2009 06:01
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 11:19

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