By Patricia T. Kelly Ph.D. (auth.)
The goal of facing trouble is to inte grate clinical and genetic info with the psychoso cial points of genetic counseling, to be able to offer a operating guide for genetic counselors. The ebook fills a niche within the genetic counseling box since it emphasizes the humanistic elements of genetic counseling, and is essentially taken with communica tion among genetic counselor and counselee. The few genetic counseling books on hand at the present are dedicated nearly totally to the scientific and genetic points of the topic. This ebook is written in nontechnical language, however it presupposes a few wisdom of Mendelian genetics, poly genic inheritance, and chromosomal anomalies. No previous examine of psychology or counseling is important, even though. facing challenge is meant for physi cian and nonphysician genetic counselors, deepest perform physicians in pediatrics, obstetrics, relatives and common perform, internists, nurses, public healthiness pros, genetic counseling scholars, social staff, and different future health execs. a lot of the cloth offered could be necessary to those that care for the psychosocial ramifications of many nongenetic ailments as well-prob lems of the mentally retarded, handicapped, or chronically in poor health. moreover, it's was hoping that execs who plan country and federal wellbeing and fitness coverage can use this ebook to realize a greater wisdom of the humanistic aspect of genetic counseling.
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Extra info for Dealing with Dilemma: A Manual for Genetic Counselors
As discussed in Chapter 9, Questions Genetic Counselors Ask, people frequently change their minds about how they will use genetic counseling information. The first follow-up visit is a good time to learn and record what their reactions were to the information received during the diagnostic visit and to help them explore the implications oftheir current understanding and decisions. The genetic counselor, who has experience with the effects of genetic disease, can frequently point out issues and areas that counselees have not considered.
Since the genetic counselor has had previous experience with similar cases, he or she can frequently help people in this integration process. The genetic counselor also helps by being able to inform individuals of various alternatives that are possible in a given situation. It is not infrequent for individuals to forget about one alternative because they were concentrating on another at the time alternatives were first introduced. Also, alternatives that seemed unacceptable at first can become more tolerable as people become accustomed to them.
The parents then found themselves with no one to talk to about the other malformations, some of which they found grotesque and frightening. Some individuals report that friends and relatives avoid them out offear that the disease is contagious and that other pregnant women will catch it. In some cases, friends and relatives feel that the affected family's troubles and pain will be intensified if the situation is discussed. , are therefore rebuffed. One young mother of a Down's child said: I haven't talked very much about it.
Dealing with Dilemma: A Manual for Genetic Counselors by Patricia T. Kelly Ph.D. (auth.)