What Is A N/MPE?
Someone has a misattributed parentage experience (MPE) when they discover one, or both, of the parents who raised them, is not their genetic parent. An MPE usually occurs from a previously unknown or undisclosed Non-Paternity Event (NPE) from an extramarital affair, tryst, assault, or rape; adoption (hidden, orphan, foster care, late discovery adoptees (LDA), etc.); or assisted conception (donor conception (DC), sperm donation, egg donation, embryo donation, surrogacy, etc; or any other event which results in unknown parental genealogy.
Recently, MPE has become the acronym adopted by those making this new life discovery. This acronym is good for community identification and bringing a sense of comfort/belonging to those who are now experiencing an identity crisis and shift in their reality. An MPE discovery is traumatic. Many find themselves experiencing shock, grief, rejection, betrayal, identity issues, shame, anxiety, and depression following their unexpected finding. Currently, it is believed that at least 2% of the US population has an MPE, usually making their discoveries through over-the-counter DNA tests from companies such as AncestryDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage, Family Tree DNA, etc. That’s almost 6.564 million people in the U.S. with incorrect medical and family history and possible trauma from discovering their identity isn’t what they thought.