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ERIC Number: ED123536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Pages: 21
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The Counselor and Genetic Disease: Huntington's Disease as a Model.
Wexler, Nancy S.
This speech offers a brief description of Huntington's Disease (HD): its causes, symptoms, and incidence. It then concentrates on the psychological problems of persons one of whose parents had the disease, and the role of the counselor in helping these humans cope with their fears about contacting it themselves. A relatively detailed case study is presented of a 22-year old women whose mother had HD. The paper concludes with the following therapeutic suggestions: (1) listen to the anxieties, worries, doubts, and other problems of at-risk individuals; (2) without minimizing the gravity of their concern, offer realistic hope; (3) offer support by explaining the availability of new facilities to reduce suffering in the event the disease occurs; and (4) relieve any guilt that at-risk clients or those already suffering with HD might have toward their parents or/and children. (SE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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