Strategies to Personalize and to Depersonalize Donors When Telling about Genetic/Gestational Origins

  • Maria Isabel Jociles Rubio Complutense University of Madrid
  • Ana M. Rivas Complutense University of Madrid
  • Consuelo Álvarez Complutense University of Madrid

Abstract

What strategies do families who resort to "third-party" reproduction use to deal with donor numbers in stories telling their children and the conversations they have with them on this topic? Families use narratives about the origins that tell their children to build a specific representation of donors, using strategies that vary according to the family model and the type of donation. Few studies deal with the images and representations that families build from donors and transmit to their children through stories about their origins. A qualitative investigation was carried out in Spain between 2013 and 2015 on the dissemination of their genetic or gestational origins to children conceived through assisted reproduction with donors. This article studies families in favor of disclosure who were contacted through associations, blogs, online forums, and the "snowball" method. The analysis has revealed a variety of strategies that parents used in stories with their children regarding reproductive donors.

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Articles
Published
Jun 3, 2018
How to Cite
Jociles Rubio, M. I., Rivas, A., & Álvarez, C. (2018). Strategies to Personalize and to Depersonalize Donors When Telling about Genetic/Gestational Origins. Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 42(4), 25-50. https://doi.org/10.30676/jfas.v42i4.68790