ERIC Number: EJ822063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Reference Count: 58
The Role of the Family in Genetic Testing: Theoretical Perspectives, Current Knowledge, and Future Directions
Peterson, Susan K.
Health Education & Behavior, v32 n5 p627-639 2005
This article addresses conceptual challenges and theoretical approaches for examining the role of the family in responding and adapting to genetic testing for inherited conditions. Using a family systems perspective, family-based constructs that are relevant to genetic testing may be organized into three domains: family communication, organization and structure of family relationships, and health-related cognitions and beliefs shared within families. Empirical findings are presented from key content areas in family-based genetics research, including family communication, how genetic testing affects family relationships, psychological responses to genetic testing in the family context, and family-based influences on health decisions. Future research should explore decision making about genetic testing or behavior change specifically within the context of the family system and should identify family-based determinants of genetic testing outcomes.
Descriptors: Testing, Behavior Modification, Family Relationship, Genetics, Behavior Change, Family Role, Screening Tests, Health Behavior, Family Environment, Schemata (Cognition), Decision Making
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