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Parental (in)equality and the genetic link in lesbian families

Inez Raes (UGent) , Hanna Van Parys (UGent) , Veerle Provoost (UGent) , Ann Buysse (UGent) , Petra De Sutter (UGent) and Guido Pennings (UGent)
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Objective: In this qualitative study, we investigate how lesbian couples experience and deal with the difference in genetic relatedness in their family. Background: Previous research showed that lesbian couples handle the difference with regard to genetic relatedness by, for instance, creating a narrative about physical resemblances or by focusing on the social bond and its influence on children. Methods: The findings are based on qualitative in-depth interviews with 10 lesbian couples who had at least one donor-conceived child aged 7-10. Results: The difference with regard to the genetic link brought up complex and context-specific experiences for these parents. Generally, the genetic link was described as irrelevant: equality between both parents was presented as a given. However, some experiences of difference due to the presence of one genetic link were found. In these accounts, the genetic link was described as a valuable extra that created an inequality between them as parents. Conclusion: The findings show that these mothers have a complex attitude towards genetic relatedness.
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KINSHIP, US, CHILDREN, CHALLENGE, COUPLES, CONCEPTION, CO-MOTHERS, SPERM DONOR, DONOR INSEMINATION, qualitative research, gamete donation, assisted reproduction, family relationships, bioethics

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Raes, Inez, Hanna Van Parys, Veerle Provoost, Ann Buysse, Petra De Sutter, and Guido Pennings. 2014. “Parental (in)equality and the Genetic Link in Lesbian Families.” Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 32 (5): 457–468.
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Raes, I., Van Parys, H., Provoost, V., Buysse, A., De Sutter, P., & Pennings, G. (2014). Parental (in)equality and the genetic link in lesbian families. JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY, 32(5), 457–468.
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Raes I, Van Parys H, Provoost V, Buysse A, De Sutter P, Pennings G. Parental (in)equality and the genetic link in lesbian families. JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY. 2014;32(5):457–68.
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Raes, Inez, Hanna Van Parys, Veerle Provoost, et al. “Parental (in)equality and the Genetic Link in Lesbian Families.” JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY 32.5 (2014): 457–468. Print.
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  abstract     = {Objective: In this qualitative study, we investigate how lesbian couples experience and deal with the difference in genetic relatedness in their family. Background: Previous research showed that lesbian couples handle the difference with regard to genetic relatedness by, for instance, creating a narrative about physical resemblances or by focusing on the social bond and its influence on children. Methods: The findings are based on qualitative in-depth interviews with 10 lesbian couples who had at least one donor-conceived child aged 7-10. Results: The difference with regard to the genetic link brought up complex and context-specific experiences for these parents. Generally, the genetic link was described as irrelevant: equality between both parents was presented as a given. However, some experiences of difference due to the presence of one genetic link were found. In these accounts, the genetic link was described as a valuable extra that created an inequality between them as parents. Conclusion: The findings show that these mothers have a complex attitude towards genetic relatedness.},
  author       = {Raes, Inez and Van Parys, Hanna and Provoost, Veerle and Buysse, Ann and De Sutter, Petra and Pennings, Guido},
  issn         = {0264-6838},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {457--468},
  title        = {Parental (in)equality and the genetic link in lesbian families},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2014.947473},
  volume       = {32},
  year         = {2014},
}

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