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Dev Psychol. 2011 Nov;47(6):1579-88. doi: 10.1037/a0025292. Epub 2011 Sep 5.

Families created through surrogacy: mother-child relationships and children's psychological adjustment at age 7.

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Centre for Family Research, Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology, and International Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. seg42@cam.ac.uk

Abstract

Each year, an increasing number of children are born through surrogacy and thus lack a genetic and/or gestational link with their mother. This study examined the impact of surrogacy on mother-child relationships and children's psychological adjustment. Assessments of maternal positivity, maternal negativity, mother-child interaction, and child adjustment were administered to 32 surrogacy, 32 egg donation, and 54 natural conception families with a 7-year-old child. No differences were found for maternal negativity, maternal positivity, or child adjustment, although the surrogacy and egg donation families showed less positive mother-child interaction than the natural conception families. The findings suggest that both surrogacy and egg donation families function well in the early school years.

PMID:
21895360
PMCID:
PMC3210890
DOI:
10.1037/a0025292
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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