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Negotiating relationships: exploring the psychosocial experience of egg donation using a known donor

Martin, Nina Marie (2008) Negotiating relationships: exploring the psychosocial experience of egg donation using a known donor. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    The main aim of this research was to explore the experience of known egg
    donation in order to identify the psychosocial issues involved. Previous
    research into known egg donation remains sparse, with the majority of studies
    focusing on the psychological aspects of treatment, providing largely
    quantitative information about the practice. In addition to the purely
    psychological, the current research acknowledges the importance of social
    factors, highlighting the psychosocial implications of known egg donation for
    those involved.
    The study took a hermeneutic phenomenological approach in an effort to
    understand and interpret participants’ experience of known egg donation
    through the use of language during interviews. The research was conducted in
    two distinct phases. During Phase One, semi-structured interviews were
    conducted with counsellors in UK licensed treatment centres and analysed
    using a version of thematic analysis. During Phase Two, known egg donors,
    recipients and the partners of recipients were interviewed in-depth and
    analysed using a voice-centred relational approach. Following the
    identification of a number of key themes, the data collected during both
    phases were synthesized to enable the identification of the psychosocial
    implications of known egg donation.
    The main findings highlighted the importance of negotiating relationships
    before, during and after the donation. Key psychosocial issues identified are:
    the existence of pressure (both overt and covert) within the donor-recipient
    relationship, defining and maintaining clear relationship boundaries,
    involvement of male partners, relationship changes, and a continued
    renegotiation of relationships in the longer-term. The psychosocial implications
    identified emphasise the need for counsellors to: adopt a relationally-focused
    approach within their work, promote the best interests of the families involved,
    work with all those involved in the donation throughout the donation process
    and beyond, encourage ongoing discussion surrounding the implications of
    secrecy and disclosure, and ensure consistency of psychosocial care.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
    R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2008 16:53
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:29


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