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Gamete donors' reasons for, and expectations and experiences of, registration with a voluntary donor linking register

Blyth, Eric, Crawshaw, Marilyn, Frith, Lucy and van den Akker, Olga (2017) Gamete donors' reasons for, and expectations and experiences of, registration with a voluntary donor linking register. Human Fertility. ISSN 1464-7273

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study of the views and experiences of 21 sperm donors and five egg donors registered with UK DonorLink (UKDL), a voluntary DNA-based contact register. Specifically, the paper examines donors’ reasons for searching for, or making information about themselves available to donor-conceived offspring. Their expectations of registration with UKDL, experiences of being registered and finally, the experiences of those who had made contact with donor-conceived offspring and other genetic relatives are investigated. While most respondents reported largely positive experiences of registration, the study found significant issues relating to concerns about donation, about DNA testing, possible linking with offspring and expectations of any relationship that might be established with offspring that have implications for support, mediation and counselling. Research that puts the experiences, perceptions and interests of gamete donors as the central focus of study is a relatively recent phenomenon. This study contributes to this research and highlights directions for future research in this area.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 10:21
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 08:59
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/30159

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