Motivations, decision making, and MMPI-2 scores of surrogates willing to help gay men become parents
Analyses of the interview data revealed a wide range of motivations and decision-making processes (see Table 1). Motivations that were most frequently expressed were: “Want to give or help others” (56%); “Like being pregnant” (43%); and “Empathy regarding others’ infertility” (38%). Decision-making processes most frequently described were: “Thought about being a surrogate for a while” (58%), “Own family is complete” (57%) Perceived ability and confidence” (27%), and “Researched Surrogacy before” (27%). Surrogates scored in the more prosocial/ adaptive direction on five of the six MMPI-2 scales (see Table 2). Especially strong findings were that surrogates scored higher than the control group women on ego strength and social responsibility, and lower on negative emotionality/neuroticism.