Concept Fertility :: Project One 2012

Project One 2012: Attitudes to Release of Information in Donor Programs

Whether donor conceived children should be informed of their method of conception, and how much information about the donor should be released to the child are questions that are still continually debated. Parents, donors and offspring all have different interests and views on these issues and few studies have looked at this issue in Australia. The purpose of this study is to identify attitudes of donors, recipients and donor conceived offspring to the issues surrounding the release of information about a child's origin. We aim to identify what information is important to each party (donors, recipients and offspring).

Current sperm, egg and embryo donors; recipients of donated sperm, eggs or embryos; and individuals conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos can participate. Donor conceived individuals aged 12 years or older are particularly needed to help complete this study.

Participants complete an online self-administered questionnaire. A paper version is also available at Concept Fertility Centre on request.

This project is being conducted by Ms Iolanda Rodino, Assistant Professor Sanders and Dr Burton. Ms Rodino is a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in infertility counselling. Some preliminary findings from this work were presented at the Fertility Society of Australia annual conference in 2009, 2010 and published in Reproducive Biomedicine Online in 2011.

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