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Random FamiliesGenetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin$
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Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190888275

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190888275.001.0001

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The Surprise of Donor Siblings

The Surprise of Donor Siblings

(p.63) 4 The Surprise of Donor Siblings
Random Families

Rosanna Hertz

Margaret K. Nelson

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how children respond to learning that they have donor siblings. Children who learn about donor siblings when they are in middle school are more likely to be surprised than those who learn about them as younger children. The chapter also describes how they react to meeting them. One consequence of meeting donor siblings is that children come to believe that traits they share with others might have their origins in the genetic material inherited from an unknown donor. The chapter discusses differences between boys and girls in learning about donor siblings and how children differentiate between their understanding of the meaning of donor siblings and their understanding of the significance of siblings who live with them.

Keywords:   sperm donor, registry, Donor Sibling Registry, sperm bank, donor sibling, sibling, gender, family, children, new relationship

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