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ERIC Number: EJ1095011
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0827-3383
Psychological Factors Associated with Genetic Test Decision-Making among Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Taiwan
Xu, Lei; Richman, Alice R.
International Journal of Special Education, v30 n3 p79-85 2015
Making decisions to undergo Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) genetic testing can be challenging. It is important to understand how the perceptions of affected individuals might influence testing decision-making. Although evidence has shown that psychological factors are important in predicting testing decisions, affect-type variables have been largely ignored among well-established health theories. Using questionnaires, we examined genetic testing decision-making among 444 parents of children with ASD in Taiwan. The largest predictor of intention was anxiety (ß = 0.46, p<0.0001) followed by fear/guilt (ß = -0.041, p<0.000). Attitudes did not predict intention. Affect-type variables should be considered in genetic testing decision making theory, research, and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan