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Poster Communications Year : 2021

The Right Age to Tell?


Secrecy was the norm for decades in donor conception, but “openness” has now become the new core value. Accordingly, in recent years information-sharing practices have shifted in donor conceived families, but a proportion of parents still appear to not inform their children about their being donor conceived. Disclosure recommendations seem difficult to apply in practice. A recurring question is: when should children be told? Age is presented as a key criteria: the younger the children are when their conception story is shared, the less of a problem it would create. The poster investigates the question of age, drawing on a interview-study with French donor conceived adults and parents who have used donor conception. It shows that although the age of donor offspring at the time of disclosure has an impact, age alone cannot describe these families’ experiences.
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hal-03283261 , version 1 (09-07-2021)


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Anaïs Martin, Sophie Carez, Catherine Metzler-Guillemain, Agnes Martial. The Right Age to Tell?: The Insufficiency of the Age Criteria for Characterizing the Experience of French Donor Conceived Families in Disclosing to their Offspring. ESHRE 37th Annual Meeting, Jun 2021, Online event, France. ⟨hal-03283261⟩
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