Psychosocial Genetic Counseling

Psychosocial Genetic Counseling

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Psychosocial issues are integral to all genetic counselling interactions. They include counsellees' beliefs about the cause of birth defects and genetic disorders, the cognitive procession of medical information and risk figures, emotions such as anxeity and guilt, and the complex process of decision making. Drawing on direct clinical experience and the growing body of relevant literatue, Psychosocial Genetic Counseling provides a comprehensive, integrated approach to understanding these issues and their applications to genetic counselling. The book combines theoretical and practical approaches, including many clinical vignettes and examples of dialogue. It is written in an engaging style that conveys the emotional immediacy of genetic counselling. The emotional and social effects of genetic disorders are discussed with reference to the individual and to couple, family, and social interactions. Counselling techniques and the agenda of the genetic counselling session are then addressed in detail. Specialized aspects of prenatal diagnosis counselling, cancer risk counselling, and genetic counselling with children and adolescents are integrated with these general principles. Nondirective counselling and the psychology of risk interpretation and decision making are discussed from theoretical and historical perspectives, leading to recommendations for their application to clinical practice. The influences of ethnocultural history, beliefs and practices, for counsellee and counsellor, are then discussed as they enter into all aspects of genetic more

Product details

  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 154.9 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 635.04g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195120663
  • 9780195120660
  • 902,291

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An outstanding and significant addition to the genetic counseling literature, filling a curricular gap in medical genetics and genetic counseling training programs...Dr. Weil has composed a comprehensive discussion of the psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling; his scholarship is of the highest quality. The text is of interest to genetic counselors, genetic counseling students, clinical geneticists, genetic residents, obstetricians, pediatricians, social workers and any other health professionals who deal with patients and families with genetic or potentially genetic disorders. * H. Eugene Hoyme M.D., Stanford University Medical Center *show more

Table of contents

1. The Counselee as Individual ; 2. The Counselee in a Social Context ; 3. Techniques of Psychosocial Genetic Counseling ; 4. The Structure of Genetic Counseling Interactions ; 5. Nondirective Counseling, conselee Autonomy and Decision Making ; 6. Specific Counseling Situations and Counselees ; 7. The Ethnocultural Imperative ; 8. Genetic Counseling in an Expanding Social Contextshow more

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