Developmental Review: Perspectives in Behavior and Cognition vol:22 issue:4 pages:644-673
When in vitro fertilization is performed, the transition to parenthood takes place in a special way. Many hypotheses have been formulated about the possible (mainly negative) effects that this method of conception may have on the parent child relationship and the child's psychosocial development. Since the early 1990s, various studies have been carried out to investigate these assumptions. Overall, few significant differences have been found in the parent child relationship and psychosocial development of children in IVF families and non-IVF families, Some of the studies have even determined that IVF parents experienced the relationship with the child more positively. A limited number of results, indicate a more negative view of parenting; in IVF Families, especially in terms of allowing for autonomy and feelings of child vulnerability. In one particular study, indications were found for an increased incidence of behavioral and emotional problems, in IVF children. Potential explanations for these findings (including methodological issues) and suggestions for future research are discussed. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
Departement Psychologie. Departement Pedagogische wetenschappen. Afdeling Sociale pedagogiek en gezinspedagogiek. Centrum voor Gezinspedagogiek.