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: conhecimentos e perspetivas de jovens mulheres face à lei n.º 17/2016 sobre procriação medicamente assistida

  • Sara Filipa Sampaio Teixeira (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In Portugal, the MAR Decree-Law No. 17/2016 now allows all women, regardless of marital status and sexual orientation, the possibility to use MAR techniques. This study aims to explore the knowledge and perspectives of young women regarding this new legislation. This exploratory study includes six participants, selected through a non-probability convenience sampling process. Considering a qualitative methodology, six interviews were conducted according to a script prepared for this purpose, and the data was subsequently subjected to a semi-inductive analysis using NVivo software. The main results indicate limited information from the self, other women, and society in general regarding the MAR Decree-Law No. 17/2016 and the possibility of independent motherhood. The participants refer to knowledge about MAR, given the scientific advancement in this area and its use by heterosexual couples. Understanding this phenomenon, in the Portuguese context, enables an effective follow-up to all women who wish to have a child, considering a single-parent or same-sex parenting project, allowing the creation of the necessary conditions for their mental health, and that when their reproductive decision integrates MAR, there is therapeutic success.
Date of Award13 Jul 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMaria Raul Xavier (Supervisor)


  • Medically assisted reproduction
  • Decree-Law No. 17/2016
  • Young women
  • Knowledge
  • Perspectives
  • Independent maternity


  • Mestrado em Psicologia

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