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Dr Tabitha Freeman

Senior Research Associate

Affiliated Lecturer


Office Phone: (+44) 01223 334514

Biography:

I joined the Centre for Family Research as a Research Associate in 2003, having completed an MA in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Sociology at the University of Essex. My PhD examined discourses of fatherhood, including sociological, psychological and biological perspectives. At the Centre for Family Research, I have developed my interests in interdisciplinary research on reproduction, gender and families, focusing on psychosocial and cultural aspects of assisted reproduction and new family forms.

I am an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and a Fellow of St Edmund's College.

Research Interests

My current research addresses child well-being and family relationships in different family forms. 

Research areas include: connection websites for sperm and egg donors, recipients and co-parents; contact between families who share the same sperm donor; parenting and child development in donor conception families headed by single mothers; and the psychosocial and ethical implications of identity-release donation.

Key Publications

Freeman, T., Zadeh, S., Smith, V. and Golombok, S. (2016) ‘Disclosure of sperm donation: a comparison between solo mother and two-parent families with identity-release donors’. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, doi: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2016.08.004.

Freeman, T., Jadva, V., Tranfield, E. and Golombok, S. (2016) ‘Online sperm donation: a survey of the demographic characteristics, motivations, preferences and experiences of men registered as sperm donors on a connection website’. Human Reproduction, 31 (9), 2082-2089.

Graham, S., Jadva, V., Freeman, T., Ahuja, K. and Golombok, S. (2016) ‘Being an identity-release donor: a qualitative study exploring the motivations, experiences and future expectations of current UK egg donors’. Human Fertility, doi: 10.1080/14647273.2016.1221148

Persaud, S., Freeman, T., Jadva, V., Slutsky, J., Kramer, W., Steele, M., Steele, H. and Golombok, S. (2016) ‘Adolescents conceived through donor insemination in mother-headed families: a qualitative study of motivations and experiences of contacting and meeting same-donor offspring’. Children and Society, doi: 10.1111/chso.12158

Zadeh, S., Freeman, T. and Golombok, S. (2016) ‘What does donor mean to a four-year-old?’: initial insights into young children's perspectives in solo mother families’. Children and Society, doi: 10.1111/chso.12181

Golombok, S., Zadeh, S., Imrie, S., Smith, V. and Freeman, T. (2016). ‘Single mothers by choice: mother-child relationships and children’s psychological adjustment’. Journal of Family Psychology, 30 (4), 409-418.

Slutsky, J., Jadva, V., Freeman, T., Persaud, S., Steele, M., Steele, H., Kramer, W. and Golombok, S. (2016) ‘Integrating donor conception into identity development: adolescents in fatherless families’. Fertility and Sterility, 106 (1), 202-208.  

Zadeh, S., Freeman, T. and Golombok, S. (2016). ‘Absence or presence? Complexities in the donor narratives of single mothers using sperm donation’. Human Reproduction, 31 (1), 117-124.

Freeman, T., Jadva, V., and Slutsky, J. (2016) ‘Sperm donors limited: psychosocial aspects of genetic connections and the regulation of offspring numbers’, in Golombok, S., Scott, R., Appleby, J., Richards, M. and Wilkinson, S. (eds.) Regulating Reproductive Donation. Cambridge University Press.

Freeman, T. (2015) ‘Gamete donation, information sharing and the best interests of the child: an overview of the psychosocial evidence’. Monash Bioethics Review, 33(1), 45-63. 

Jadva, V., Freeman, T., Tranfield, E. and Golombok, S. (2015) ‘“Friendly allies in raising a child”: a survey of men and women seeking elective co-parenting arrangements via an online connection website’. Human Reproduction, 30(8), 1896-906.

Freeman, T. (2014) ‘El proceso de revelar los origenes en familias creadas mediante donacion de semen: perspectivas de padres e hijos durante la adolescencia’, in Zegers, F. and Salas, S. (eds.), Bioética, Reproducción y Familia, The Universidad Diego Portales.

Freeman, T., Graham, S., Ebtehaj, F. and Richards, M. (eds.) (2014). Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins and Identities. Cambridge University Press.

Freeman, T. (2014). ‘Introduction’, in Freeman, T., Graham, S., Ebtehaj, F. and Richards, M. (eds.), Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins and Identities. Cambridge University Press.

Freeman, T., Bourne, K., Jadva, V. and Smith, V. (2014). ‘Making connections: contact between sperm donor relations’, in Freeman, T., Graham, S., Ebtehaj, F. and Richards, M. (eds.), Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins and Identities. Cambridge University Press.

Blake, L., Zadeh, S., Statham, H. and Freeman, T. (2014). ‘Families created by assisted reproduction: children’s perspectives’, in Freeman, T., Graham, S., Ebtehaj, F. and Richards, M. (eds.), Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins and Identities. Cambridge University Press.

Zadeh, S., Freeman, T. and Golombok, S. (2013). ‘Ambivalent identities of single women using sperm donation’. International Review of Social Psychology, 26(3), 99-125.

Freeman, T. and Richards, M. (2013). ‘Parentesco, paternidad y pruebas de ADN', in Esteinou, R. (ed.), La Nueva Generacion Social de Familias: Tecnologias de Reproduccion Asistida y Temas Contemporaneos. Mexico City: CIESAS, pp.111-150.

Freeman, T. and Golombok, S. (2012). ‘Donor insemination families: a follow-up study of disclosure decisions, family relationships and child adjustment at adolescence’. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 25, 193-203.

Freeman, T., Appleby, J.B. and Jadva, V. (2012). ‘Identifiable donors and siblings: implications for the future’, in Richards, M., Pennings, G. and Appleby, J. (eds.), Reproductive Donation: Practices, Policies and Bioethics. Cambridge University Press, pp.250-269.

Appleby, J.B., Blake, L., and Freeman, T. (2012). ‘Is disclosure in the best interests of children conceived by donation?’, in Richards, M., Pennings, G. and Appleby, J. (eds.), Reproductive Donation: Practices, Policies and Bioethics. Cambridge University Press, pp.231-249.

Jadva, V., Freeman, T., Kramer, W. and Golombok, S. (2011). ‘Sperm and oocyte donors' experiences of anonymous donation and subsequent contact with their donor offspring’. Human Reproduction, 26(3), 638-645.

Freeman, T. (2010) ‘Making connections: what happens when people search for their donors and donor siblings?’, Ova Magazine, London Women’s Clinic.

Jadva, V., Freeman, T., Kramer, W. and Golombok, S. (2010). ‘Experiences of offspring searching for and contacting their donor siblings and donor’. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 20(4), 523-532.

Jadva, V., Freeman, T., Kramer, W. and Golombok, S. (2009). ‘The experiences of adolescents and adults conceived by sperm donation: comparisons by age of disclosure and family type’. Human Reproduction, 24(8), 1909-1919.

Freeman, T., Jadva, V., Kramer, W. and Golombok, S. (2009). ‘Gamete donation: parents’ experiences of searching for their child's donor siblings and donor’. Human Reproduction, 24(3), 505-516.

Freeman, T. (2008). ‘Psychoanalytic concepts of fatherhood: patriarchal paradoxes and the presence of an absent authority’. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 9(2), 113-139.

Freeman, T. (2008). ‘Report on the Frontiers Network of Excellence Equality and Diversity Survey 2007’. Frontiers Gender Awareness Group, European Commission.

Golombok, S., Olivennes, F., Ramogida, C., Rust, J., Freeman, T. and the Follow-Up Team (2007). ‘Parenting and the psychological development of a representative sample of triplets conceived by assisted reproduction’. Human Reproduction, 22, 2896-2902.

Freeman, T., Golombok, S., Olivennes, F., Ramogida, C., Rust, J. and the Follow-Up Team (2007). ‘Psychological assessment of mothers and their assisted reproduction triplets at age 3 years’. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 15(3), 13-17.

Freeman, T. and Richards, M. (2006). ‘DNA testing and kinship: paternity, genealogy and the search for the “truth” of our genetic origins’, in Ebtehaj, F., Lindley, B. and Richards, M. (eds.), Kinship Matters. Oxford: Hart, pp.67-95.

Freeman, T. (2006). ‘Report on the Frontiers Network of Excellence Equality and Diversity Survey 2005 ’. Frontiers Gender Awareness Group, European Commission.

Freeman, T. (2003). ‘Loving fathers or deadbeat dads? The crisis of fatherhood in popular culture’, in Earle, S. and Letherby, G. (eds.), Gender, Identity and Reproduction: Social Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.33-49.

 

PhD thesis

Freeman, T. (2004). ‘Conceptualising fatherhood: gender, discourse and the paradoxes of patriarchy’, PhD thesis, Department of Sociology, University of Essex