Attitudes toward genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis among a group of individuals with physical disabilities

Elizabeth A. Chen*, Judith F. Schiffman

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Abstract

Few studies have been published on the attitudes of people with physical disabilities toward genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis. Articles in the lay press and social science literature on this topic, mainly written by disability rights activists and advocates, imply opposition to prenatal diagnosis and the field of clinical genetics by the physically disabled population. In this study, 15 adults with physical disabilities were interviewed regarding their attitudes toward genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis. Genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis were generally viewed favorably by this sample of the disability community. Only a small percentage of the sample perceived genetics to be eugenic. Implications for genetic counseling and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-152
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Eugenics
  • Genetic counseling
  • Physical disability
  • Prenatal diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)

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