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Table 3 Proportion of healthcare professionals agreeing a with statements about families through embryo donation

From: Attitudes towards embryo donation among healthcare professionals working in child healthcare: a survey study

Attitudesb Total Registered nurse Physician Psychologist
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Parents are the ones who live with and take care of a child 166 (91.7) 114 (92.7) 37 (92.5) 15 (83.3)
A child must have a genetic link to at least one of the parents 11 (6.1) 8 (6.5) 3 (7.5) 0
Children conceived through embryo donation display the same problems as adopted children 35 (19.3) 24 (19.5) 10 (25.0) 1 (5.6)
The child is as healthy as other children 89 (49.4) 56 (45.5) 22 (56.4) 11 (61.1)
The child risks worse physical health 10 (5.5) 8 (6.5) 2 (5.0) 0
The child risks worse mental health 30 (16.6) 16 (13.0) 10 (25.0) 4 (22.2)
The parents are more involved in their children compared to those in other families 44 (24.7) 35 (28.7) 6 (15.8) 3 (16.7)
The child may experience a social stigma 33 (18.3) 21 (17.1) 9 (23.1) 3 (16.7)
When mature enough, it is good for the child to be able to know the identity of the donors 111 (61.7) 71 (58.2) 27 (67.5) 13 (72.2)
It is best for the child if the method of how he/she was conceived is kept secret throughout life 5 (2.8) 2 (1.6) 2 (5.0) 1 (5.6)
It is important that the parents are honest with the child with regard to how he/she was conceived 149 (82.3) 98 (79.7) 35 (87.5) 16 (88.9)
The child’s relationship with the parent could be damaged if he/she learns about the mode of conception 25 (14.1) 19 (15.8) 3 (7.7) 3 (16.7)
Contact with the donors (when mature enough) can be harmful for the offspring and/or the family 19 (10.6) 15 (12.3) 3 (7.7) 1 (5.6)
It is positive for the child (when mature enough) to be able to have contact with the donors’ offspring, which are the child’s full siblings 85 (47.0) 48 (39.0) 26 (65.0) 11 (61.1)
  1. aIndicating 4 or 5 on a five-point Likert scale (Agree/Strongly agree); b All participants did not answer all questions
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