Dr. Lena Barth
The presence of diversity is a valuable resource. It is crucial for social cohesion in a pluralistic society. Despite the diversity in family structures, there is often a tendency to compare parenthood and family to a hegemonic norm. This norm may vary depending on cultural, social, and historical contexts. The study aims to shed light on the topic of family creation through sperm donation in Germany. By conducting qualitative interviews, we investigated specific psychodynamic dimensions highlighting the individual experiences of those who have utilized sperm donation: heterosexual couples facing fertility issues, lesbian couples, and solo mothers. We tried to examine both the differences and similarities among these groups, seeking to understand how they navigate the complexities and challenges associated with alternative family formation. One concept that was explored in relation to these experiences is ambiguity tolerance. With this article, we aim to provide initial insights and offer new perspectives on the concepts and significance of family and parenthood beyond the confines of traditional norms.
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