Modern families and their children public lecture
One of the world’s leading academics on how kids turn out from assisted reproductive treatment and surrogacy is delivering a public lecture in Melbourne on Tuesday 30 October.
Dr Susan Golombok from the University of Cambridge Centre for Family Research will summarise research conducted at the centre on parenting and child development in families created by assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilisation, egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, and surrogacy. It will also cover research on families created by assisted reproduction for social rather than medical reasons such as lesbian mother families, gay father families, and families headed by single mothers by choice. The research will be examined in the context of the issues and concerns that have been raised regarding these families. The findings not only contest popular myths and assumptions about the social and psychological consequences for children of being raised in these new family forms but also challenge well-established theories of child development that are founded upon the supremacy of the traditional family.
The details of the lecture can be found here: