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Revealed identity: A study of the process of genetic counselling

Armstrong, D; Michie, S; Marteau, T; (1998) Revealed identity: A study of the process of genetic counselling. SOC SCI MED , 47 (11) 1653 - 1658.

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Abstract

This paper describes a qualitative study of the processes employed within a generic counselling consultation. These processes, it is argued, can be seen to provide the patient with a genetic identity. But unlike the new identity conferred by the diagnosis of many chronic medical conditions a genetic identity is presented as an old one that is now revealed. This represents a reversal of the stigmatising process: instead of a spoiled identity replacing an actual one, the genetic consultation involves revealing an actual identity in the place of a previously presumed one. In this way, genetic counselling reconstructs identity in the past as well as in the future. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Revealed identity: A study of the process of genetic counselling
Keywords: genetic counselling, genetic risk
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/15910
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