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Parenting stress and its association with perceived agreement about the disclosure decision in parents following donor conception
Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Children's and Women's health. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
Uppsala University, Sweden.
Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
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2017 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 96, no 8, 968-975 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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IntroductionFor many donor-conceiving heterosexual parents, the process of deciding whether and what to tell children about their genetic origin is challenging. We hypothesized that incomplete couple agreement about disclosure could be associated with parenting stress. The aim of the study was to investigate: (1) parenting stress levels among heterosexual parents of young children following gamete donation and (2) whether parenting stress is related to perceived agreement about disclosure of the donor conception to the children. Material and methodsThis study is part of the longitudinal multicenter Swedish Study on Gamete Donation and included a total of 213 heterosexual parents with children aged 1-4years following oocyte donation (n=103) and sperm donation (n=110). Parents individually completed a questionnaire that included validated instruments on parenting stress (SPSQ) and relationship quality (ENRICH), as well as a study-specific measure on disclosure agreement. Multiple regression analysis was applied. ResultsIncomplete couple agreement on disclosure to the children was not statistically significantly associated with increased levels of parenting stress. Relationship satisfaction consistently and significantly accounted for variation in parenting stress levels, indicating that relationship satisfaction had a buffering impact on parenting stress. ConclusionsParental stress does not appear to be negatively influenced by incomplete couple agreement about disclosure to children. As children grow up, reaching agreement about what to tell the child about the donor conception might become more relevant for couples stress related to parenthood.

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WILEY , 2017. Vol. 96, no 8, 968-975 p.
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Gamete donation; oocyte donation; sperm donation; parenthood; relationship quality; relationship satisfaction; heterosexual; cohort study
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Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-139520DOI: 10.1111/aogs.13157ISI: 000405929100009PubMedID: 28432827OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-139520DiVA: diva2:1130194
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Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council; Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare; Karolinska Institutet; Merck Serono

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