Attitudes Towards Procreative Options in the Event of Infertility: The Role of Personal Values and Religiosity

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Abstract

Background: Literature regarding attitudes towards procreative options in the event of infertility is highly limited. Objective: The general aim of the current cross-sectional study is to analyze the relation between basic, personal values (self-enhancement and self- transcendence), and procreative options (living without children, adoption, homologous techniques, and heterologous techniques), while exploring the role of religiosity in moderating this relation. Methods: A large sample of 1,891 young Italian adults aged between 18 and 33 was used in the study. The participants were asked to complete a self-report questionnaire. A series of hierarchical regression models were constructed using the SPSS 24.0 software, in order to test the moderation hypotheses. Results: Self-enhancement values were positively related to the choice of both homologous and heterologous techniques, whereas self-transcendence values were strong and positive predictors of adoption. Moreover, a significant moderating role of religiosity in shaping the relations between personal values and attitudes towards heterologous techniques emerged: at low levels of self-enhancement values, highly religious participants had a more negative attitude towards heterologous techniques compared to participants with low religiosity. However, self-transcendence values predicted a more positive attitude towards heterologous techniques among participants with low religiosity. Conclusion: Findings showed the link between personal values and attitudes towards assisted reproductive techniques and adoption, along with the role of religiosity in shaping this relation; heterologous techniques were the most controversial option according to participants’ perceptions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-350
Number of pages10
JournalTHE OPEN PSYCHOLOGY JOURNAL
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • Assisted reproductive techniques
  • Infertility
  • Personal values
  • Procreative options
  • Religious beliefs

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