Joanna E. Scheib

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Cues of phenotypic condition should be among those used by women in their choice of mates. One marker of better phenotypic condition is thought to be symmetrical bilateral body and facial features. However, it is not clear whether women use symmetry as the primary cue in assessing the phenotypic quality of potential mates or whether symmetry is correlated(More)
BACKGROUND Donor insemination programs can include 'open-identity' sperm donors, who are willing to release their identities to adult offspring. We report findings from adolescent offspring who have open-identity donors. METHODS Using mail-back questionnaires, youths from 29 households (41.4% headed by lesbian couples, 37.9% by single women, 20.7% by(More)
BACKGROUND A growing number of donor insemination (DI) programmes offer 'open-identity' sperm donors, who are willing to have their identity released to adult offspring. We report findings from parents who chose such donors and whose children are now adolescents. METHODS Using mail-back questionnaires, parents from 45 households (40% headed by lesbian(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe how parents envision, plan, and enact disclosing to their children that they were conceived with donor gametes. DESIGN In-depth ethnographic interviews. SETTING Participants were recruited from 11 medical infertility practices and 1 sperm bank in Northern California. PATIENT(S) A total of 141 married couples who had conceived a(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe parents' disclosure decision-making process. DESIGN In-depth ethnographic interviews. SETTING Participants were recruited from 11 medical infertility practices and 1 sperm bank in Northern California. PATIENT(S) One hundred forty-one married couples who had conceived a child using donor gametes (62 with donor sperm, 79 with donor(More)
Citizens of 9 different English-speaking countries (N = 619) evaluated the average, or typical, citizen of 5 English-speaking countries (Great Britain, Canada, Nigeria, United States, Australia) on 9 pairs of bipolar adjectives. Participants were drawn from Australia, Botswana, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, the United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.(More)
In a between-group study, men were much more likely to profess willingness to donate sperm if it would be used solely for research purposes (67% yes) than if it would be used for reproduction through the process of donor insemination (24%). Offered several reasons why one might be willing to be a sperm donor, men nominated “money” and “helping out a couple(More)
Information about US donor insemination programs was reviewed to determine whether an increasing number are offering open-identity donation. Results indicate that indeed, numbers are rising and that the ratio of open-identity to anonymous sperm donors in a program increases the longer that the program has offered an open-identity option.
STUDY QUESTION What are female-partnered and single mothers' motivations and experiences at one donor insemination (DI) program with regard to contacting other families who share the same sperm donor? SUMMARY ANSWER By and large, women reported seeking contact to obtain (i) support for their children and/or themselves, and (ii) information about shared(More)