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Who becomes a sperm donor: personality characteristics in a national sample of identifiable donors
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
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2012 (English)In: British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ISSN 1470-0328, E-ISSN 1471-0528, Vol. 119, no 1, 33-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective To study the personality characteristics of identifiable sperm donors in a national sample in comparison with the same characteristics of a control group. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanDesign Descriptive study. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanSetting All clinics (n = 7) performing gamete donation in Sweden. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanPopulation All Swedish sperm donors recruited during 2005-08. An age-matched group of Swedish men served as controls. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods Standardised questionnaires were used to measure personality. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMain outcome measures Demographics and the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI). less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults The mean age of the donors was 33.8 +/- 7.8 years (18-56 years). About one-third (36.5%) of the donors had biological children of their own. With regard to personality, significant differences were present on harm avoidance, with lower means for sperm donors (P = 0.002, 95% CI -3.74 to -0.85), and on self-directedness and cooperativeness, with higher means for donors (P = 0.002, 95% CI 0.97-4.19; P = 0.001; 95% CI 0.75-2.95, respectively), compared with controls. This indicates that the donors in general feel less worried and suffer less from uncertainty, shyness and fatigability than controls. They also perceive themselves as being autonomous, with a capacity to take responsibility, to behave in a goal-directed manner, to be resourceful and sel-facceptant, and to behave in a manner guided by meaningful values and goals. Furthermore, they describe themselves as being well integrated in humanity or society, and having a good capacity for identification with and acceptance of other people. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions The screening process at the clinics seems to generate a group of stable, mature and well-integrated donors, and this is a promising result for the future.

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Wiley-Blackwell , 2012. Vol. 119, no 1, 33-39 p.
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Character, non-anonymous, personality, sperm donors
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-74152DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2011.03172.xISI: 000298016100007OAI: diva2:480870
Funding Agencies|Medical Research Council of Southeast Sweden (FORSS)||Available from: 2012-01-20 Created: 2012-01-20 Last updated: 2012-01-23

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