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Exploring the application of psychiatric genetic counselling within the UK.

Spencer-Tansley, R. E., 2016. Exploring the application of psychiatric genetic counselling within the UK. Masters Thesis (Masters). Bournemouth University.

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Substantial progress is being made in molecular psychiatry. Psychiatric genetic counselling (PGC), which may address how our knowledge from genetic studies is delivered to patients, is likely to become more routinely available as our aetiological understanding of psychiatric illness increases. The present study explores, using mixed-methods, potential consumers’ understanding and beliefs about the aetiology and pathology of psychiatric illness; their awareness of genetic counselling and perceptions of the purpose of the service, and their attitudes towards receiving PGC. Results indicate that there is an interest and keenness in receiving PGC, however also highlights potential issues that may arise through the provision of genetic counselling for psychiatric conditions, including that awareness of the service is low and misconceptions exist regarding its purpose; as well as concerns amongst respondents that it may cause psychological distress and also that it may be associated with eugenic-type values and practices which raises considerations of an ethical nature. The study overall highlights a need for further exploration of the findings presented and their wider implications in regards to future efforts to implement PGC within the UK.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
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ID Code:24993
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:25 Nov 2016 11:06
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:00


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