ERIC Number: EJ775354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Genetic Testing and Psychology: New Roles, New Responsibilities
Patenaude, Andrea Farkas; Guttmacher, Alan E.; Collins, Francis S.
American Psychologist, v57 n4 p271-282 Apr 2002
Advances in genetics and genetic testing promise to catalyze a fundamental change in the practice of medicine. Psychologists have much to offer as psychotherapists, researchers, educators, and policymakers to a society heavily influenced by the genetic revolution. To make the most of new opportunities available to mental health professionals in genetics, psychologists must know basic genetic principles and learn what is new about 21st-century genetics. The core competencies for all health professionals developed by the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics are related in this article to the significant roles psychologists can play in helping individuals with genetic concerns to cope with vulnerability, optimize family interaction, and improve health behaviors.
Descriptors: Psychologists, Testing, Professional Education, Mental Health Workers, Health Behavior, Genetics, Mental Health, Medicine, Coping, Family Relationship, Counselor Role
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