Egg donors working with gestational surrogacy agencies: Motivations and personality traits
OBJECTIVE: This study investigates motivations and personality characteristics of egg donors working with gestational surrogacy agencies. The personality traits of egg donors and non-donors from a demographically matched sample of women were examined.
RESULTS: Comparisons on MMPI-2 revealed that the control group scored significantly higher (p < .01) on Hypochondriasis, Depression, PsychopathicDeviate, Paranoia, Psychasthenia, Schizophrenia, Social Introversion, Psychoticism, Disconstraint, Negative Emotionality/Neuroticism, Introversion/Low Positive Emotionality, and Anxiety. Egg donors scored significantly higher (p < .01)on Ego Strength, Social Responsibility, Repression, and Dominance. Pure altruistic motivation was spontaneously reported by 11% of egg donors; 8.8% relayed only financial motivation; and 80.2% stated a combination of the two.