Attitudes and intention to donate oocytes for research

Purewal, Satvinder and van den Akker, Olga ORCID: (2010) Attitudes and intention to donate oocytes for research. Fertility and Sterility, 93 (4) . pp. 1080-1087. ISSN 0015-0282 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2008.11.021)


In 2007, the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority permitted oocyte donation for research through voluntary donation or within an oocyte share model. The aims of this study were to investigate volunteer (nonpatient) women's attitudes and intentions to donate using components of the Theory of Planned Behavior and their attitudes toward parenthood through structural equation modeling.



A total of 253 nonpatient women.

Main Outcome Measure(s):
Attitudes towards oocyte donation for research and reasons for parenthood scale.

Of the 253 respondents, 94 were potential donors, 98 were possible donors, and 61 were non-donors. Most potential donors (68%) reported no preference towards donating their oocytes for research or an infertile couple. Structural equation modeling revealed that age (β = −.03) and components of the TPB (β = .16) had a statistically significant direct effect on intentions to donate for research. Attitudes toward parenthood was not linked to intentions to donate for research.

There appears to be a strong altruistic motive along with the theoretical underpinnings of positive attitudes, feeling supported, and accepting the consequences of oocyte donation for research, suggesting these have the potential to inform recruitment practices and tailor clinical services.

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: 2
Item ID: 3615
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2010 07:41
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 11:16

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