Existing research on parental disclosure of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) use to the resultant child has largely neglected the family disclosure context when investigating the impact of disclosure. This study proposed that, in order to fully understand that impact, the disclosure context must be considered. Parent-child communication, as conceptualized in the Family Communication Pattern Theory, was the focus of this study. I examined the associations among parent-child communication, disclosure, and parent-child relationship using data from 51 ART families with children between 7 and 12 years old. Probit regression and path analysis showed that parental listener responsiveness was significantly associated with both disclosure and parent-child relationship quality, but disclosure did not mediate the association between this communication characteristic and parent-child relationship quality. Study finding suggests that ART disclosure may not be associated with parent-child relationship quality for children in this age group and general parent-child communication dynamics remain central to parent-child relationship quality in ART families.
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. June 2014. Major: Family Social Science. Advisor: Martha A. Rueter. 1 computer file (PDF); v, 44 pages.
Parent-child communication in families with children conceived with assisted reproductive technology: associations with disclosure and parent-child relationship quality.
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