Parenting and child psychosocial development after infertility management

Frances Gibson*, Catherine McMahon

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    Infertility management through assisted reproductive technology (ART) has increased over several decades. Concerns have been expressed that the distress associated with infertility, to-ether with the medical and psychosocial demands of ART, may impact adversely oil subsequent family functioning. A review of current research, however, revealed few differences in parenting after ART, relative to natural conception families. The parenting characteristics identified (e.g. early, child-focused concerns, more protective attitudes and wan-nth in parenting) are best understood contextually, and do not appear to translate into differences, in ART-conceived children's psychosocial development compared with naturally conceived peers. While cultural factors differentiate some aspects of ART parent adjustment, the findings indicate that protective social factors combined with an investment in parenthood mitigate adverse outcomes. Further targeted research is required as little is known of family adjustment beyond childhood or following conception through newer and less traditional ART procedures. (C) 2004 Published by Elsevier B.V.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in fertility and reproductive medicine
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 18th World Congress on Fertility and Sterility
    EditorsSalim Daya, Robert F. Harrison, Roger D. Kempers
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)0444515453
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    Event18th World Congress on Fertility and Sterility - Montreal, Canada
    Duration: 23 May 200428 May 2004

    Publication series

    NameInternational congress series
    PublisherElsevier science
    ISSN (Print)0531-5131


    Conference18th World Congress on Fertility and Sterility


    • Assisted reproduction
    • Child
    • Infertility
    • Parenting
    • Psychosocial


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