2016 研究助成 Research Grant Program  /  (B)個人研究助成  
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(Project Title)
Research on Families Formed via Donor Conception
Yukari Semba
Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University
(Grant Amount)
企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


    Recently Japan has seen the rapid development of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) together with an increase in the age of marriage and childbirth; the demand for ART and the number of children born with ART are increasing yearly. The use of donor conception is also on the increase among couples one of whom has innate or acquired loss of reproductive function. Some local governments have also begun to issue ""partnership certificates"" to same-sex couples, some of whom wish to have children or indeed have already done so by means of donor conception. While the use of donor conception is thus becoming more commonplace, in Japan there is a tendency for families not to publicize such use, a tendency that appears to be particularly strong among heterosexual couples. For that reason, it is not well known how (or whether) information about family formation is being shared with children. The present study therefore intends to explore, through interviews in Japan and abroad, particularly with families formed through donor conception, whether children have been told how they came into being, and in cases where they have, what changes occurred in the family. It is also aimed at making a leaflet for families formed via donor conception, prospective users of such technologies, and society at large in order to disseminate the results of the research and provide information about families' experiences sharing the facts of family formation with children.

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