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A longudinal study of parent-child relationships and the emotional, social and identity development of children conceived by assisted procreation


The aim of the proposed research is to follow up the families during the children's transition to adolescence as it is at this stage of development that issues of identity become salient and that parent-child conflict is most likely to occur. The research will focus on social functioning, identity development and emotional well-being of the children, as well as on the quality of parent-child relationships from the perspective of both parents and children. Data collection will take place when the children are 11 years old by administering standardised interviews and questionnaires to the mother, the father, the child and the child's teacher, to obtain multiple assessments of the parents' adjustment, the child's adjustment, and family relationships. Systematic research on the nature of the difficulties, if any, experienced by families created as a result of assisted procreation is of theoretical importance for increasing our understanding of the role of genetic ties in family functioning, of clinical importance for preparing couples embarking upon assisted procreation for parenthood, and of social and ethical importance for informing the development and integration of European policy and legislation.


City University
Northampton Square
EC1V 0HB London
United Kingdom