Hertz, R.; Nelson, M. K. y Kramer, W. (2013). Donor conceived offspring conceive of the donor: The relevance of age, awareness, and family form. Social Science & Medicine, 86,  52-65, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953613001548

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  1. This paper raised very interesting questions for our research project and suggests that cross-cultural and comparative work is very necessary. We discussed two things in the paper:

    (1) The differences in how the “donor” is constructed by heterosexual couples vs. lesbian couples. It seems that developing various terms and “fatherhood” categories is relevant for families (i.e, here heterosexual couples) where “fathers” do play a role, whereas this work is avoided or is seen as unnecessary in family projects in which a “father” does not play a role. In this paper, this is seen clearly in lesbian couples but there might be potential parallels with single-mothers by choice, so this is something to examine in our project.

    (2) More generally, this paper and other show how both “disclosure” and “non-disclosure” are complex social constructions with lots of internal variability. It is hardly a question of “telling” or “not telling” since issues of when, how, to who, etc. are things that families need to work and and solve in various ways. Additionally, and we think this will be revealed strongly in family narratives, even when donor conception is openly discussed, it can be construed in various ways and each of the actors involved in the process (donor, spouse/partner, health professionals, other family members, etc.) can be represented very differently. Again, this is something we will look at empirically in our project and we will hopefully have something to say in the future.

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