Title

Are We Family? Lesbian Mothers and the Decision to Make Contact with Their Children's Donor Siblings

Author

Abigail Coven

Date of Award

7-18-2012

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Shelly Smith-Acuna

First Committee Member

Michael Karson

Second Committee Member

Sarah Burgamy

Keywords

Lesbian mothers; Qualitative Research; Children; Sperm donor; Parenting; Narrative analysis; Focus group; Donor siblings

Abstract

The current study examines the experiences of three lesbian families who have made contact with their children's donor siblings: a single mother by choice, a couple and a mother who had children in the context of a relationship that has since ended. It builds on prior research that has addressed this topic, but has primarily utilized survey methodology. Participants of the current study shared their experiences via focus group and individual interviews. A narrative research approach was used to analyze and present the findings.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

45 pages

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