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'Something of the two of us': the emotionally loaded embryo disposition decision making of patients who view their embryo as a symbol of their relationship

Veerle Provoost UGent, Guido Pennings UGent, Petra De Sutter UGent and MARC DHONT UGent (2012) JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY. 33(2). p.45-52
abstract
Objectives: This paper describes a recently identified conception of the cryopreserved embryo as a symbol of one's relationship (SOR). Methods: A questionnaire was sent together with the embryo disposition decision (EDD) form to patients for whom embryos were cryopreserved at the department in Ghent, Belgium. We collected data on patient characteristics, their EDD attitudes and the reasons for their willingness or unwillingness to consider each of the disposition options (donation to others for reproduction, donation for science and discarding). Results: The SOR view was found more often in patients who were less educated and whose last treatment was less than 3 years ago. Viewing the embryo as a SOR was not linked to more difficult decision making, but to more emotionally loaded decision making. In particular, patients with this view more often reported feelings of grief. This view was also linked to the outcome of the decision making process. Conclusion: The conception of the embryo as a SOR is part of an affective attitude towards embryos that has an impact on patients' disposition decisions. Alongside patients' values and principles, it is important that counselors acknowledge and clarify patients' affective conceptualizations.
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ATTITUDES, CRYOPRESERVED EMBRYOS, FROZEN EMBRYOS, IN-VITRO FERTILIZATION, reproductive medicine, embryo disposition, decision making, counselling psychology, Coping with the aftermath of infertility, FATE, DONATION, PREFERENCES, CONCEPTUALIZATION
journal title
JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
J. Psychosomat. Obstet. Gynecol.
volume
33
issue
2
pages
45 - 52
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000303495100002
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, CLINICAL
JCR impact factor
1.59 (2012)
JCR rank
61/114 (2012)
JCR quartile
3 (2012)
ISSN
0167-482X
DOI
10.3109/0167482X.2012.676111
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2154903
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2154903
date created
2012-06-15 13:33:49
date last changed
2015-06-17 10:05:45
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  abstract     = {Objectives: This paper describes a recently identified conception of the cryopreserved embryo as a symbol of one's relationship (SOR). Methods: A questionnaire was sent together with the embryo disposition decision (EDD) form to patients for whom embryos were cryopreserved at the department in Ghent, Belgium. We collected data on patient characteristics, their EDD attitudes and the reasons for their willingness or unwillingness to consider each of the disposition options (donation to others for reproduction, donation for science and discarding). Results: The SOR view was found more often in patients who were less educated and whose last treatment was less than 3 years ago. Viewing the embryo as a SOR was not linked to more difficult decision making, but to more emotionally loaded decision making. In particular, patients with this view more often reported feelings of grief. This view was also linked to the outcome of the decision making process. Conclusion: The conception of the embryo as a SOR is part of an affective attitude towards embryos that has an impact on patients' disposition decisions. Alongside patients' values and principles, it is important that counselors acknowledge and clarify patients' affective conceptualizations.},
  author       = {Provoost, Veerle and Pennings, Guido and De Sutter, Petra and DHONT, MARC},
  issn         = {0167-482X},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY},
  keyword      = {ATTITUDES,CRYOPRESERVED EMBRYOS,FROZEN EMBRYOS,IN-VITRO FERTILIZATION,reproductive medicine,embryo disposition,decision making,counselling psychology,Coping with the aftermath of infertility,FATE,DONATION,PREFERENCES,CONCEPTUALIZATION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {45--52},
  title        = {'Something of the two of us': the emotionally loaded embryo disposition decision making of patients who view their embryo as a symbol of their relationship},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/0167482X.2012.676111},
  volume       = {33},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Provoost, Veerle, Guido Pennings, Petra De Sutter, and MARC DHONT. 2012. “‘Something of the Two of Us’: The Emotionally Loaded Embryo Disposition Decision Making of Patients Who View Their Embryo as a Symbol of Their Relationship.” Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 (2): 45–52.
APA
Provoost, Veerle, Pennings, G., De Sutter, P., & DHONT, M. (2012). “Something of the two of us”: the emotionally loaded embryo disposition decision making of patients who view their embryo as a symbol of their relationship. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, 33(2), 45–52.
Vancouver
1.
Provoost V, Pennings G, De Sutter P, DHONT M. “Something of the two of us”: the emotionally loaded embryo disposition decision making of patients who view their embryo as a symbol of their relationship. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY. 2012;33(2):45–52.
MLA
Provoost, Veerle, Guido Pennings, Petra De Sutter, et al. “‘Something of the Two of Us’: The Emotionally Loaded Embryo Disposition Decision Making of Patients Who View Their Embryo as a Symbol of Their Relationship.” JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY 33.2 (2012): 45–52. Print.