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Parenting stress and its association with perceived agreement about the disclosure decision in parents following donor conception
Karolinska Inst, Div Nursing, Dept Neurobiol Care Sci & Soc, Huddinge, Sweden..
Linkoping Univ, Fac Med & Hlth Sci, Linkoping, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Reproduktiv hälsa)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4729-9962
Karolinska Inst, Div Nursing, Dept Neurobiol Care Sci & Soc, Huddinge, 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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Introduction For 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 methods This 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.

Results Incomplete 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.

Conclusions Parental 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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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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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-332940DOI: 10.1111/aogs.13157ISI: 000405929100009PubMedID: 28432827OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-332940DiVA: diva2:1154556
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Swedish Research CouncilForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and WelfareThe Karolinska Institutet's Research Foundation
Available from: 2017-11-02 Created: 2017-11-02 Last updated: 2017-11-02Bibliographically approved

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