Estudio europeo de familias de reproduccion asistida

Translated title of the contribution: European study assited reproduction families

D. Guerra, E. Van Hall, S. Golombok, P. G. Crosignani, A. Brewaeys, P. N. Barri, R. Cook, S. Dexeus, M. T. Giavazzi, A. Mantovani

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In recent years a rapidly increasing number of children have been conceived by the assisted reproductive technologies. A major concern arising from the creation of these new types of family has been the psychological consequences for children of originating from donated gametes and thus being genetically unrelated to one or both social parents. Some findings are presented of a European study (conducted in Spain, UK, Italy and the Netherlands) of family relationships in families created as a result of the two most widely used reproductive technologies, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and donor insemination (DI), in comparison with control groups of families with a naturally conceived child and adoptive families. Mothers of children conceived by assisted reproduction expressed greater warmth towards their child, were more emotionally involved with their child, interacted more with their child and reported less stress associated with parenting than mothers who conceived their child naturally. Similarly, assisted reproduction fathers were found to interact more with their child and to contribute more to parenting than fathers with a naturally conceived child.

Translated title of the contributionEuropean study assited reproduction families
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)283-294
Number of pages12
JournalProgresos en Obstetricia y Ginecologia
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Assisted reproduction
  • Psychosocial adjustment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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