Psychosocial Genetic Counseling by Jon Weil

Psychosocial Genetic Counseling

byJon Weil

Hardcover | August 1, 2000

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Psychosocial issues are integral to all genetic counseling interactions. They include counselees' beliefs about the cause of birth defects and genetic disorders, the cognitive procession of medical information and risk figures, emotions such as anxiety and guilt, and the complex process ofdecision making. Drawing on direct clinical experience and the growing body of relevant literature, Psychosocial Genetic Counseling provides a comprehensive, integrated approach to understanding these issues and their applications to genetic counseling. The book combines theoretical and practical approaches, including many clinical vignettes and examples of dialogue. It is written in an engaging style that conveys the emotional immediacy of genetic counseling. The emotional and social effects of genetic disorders are discussed with reference tothe individual and to couple, family, and social interactions. Counseling techniques and the agenda of the genetic counseling session are then addressed in detail. Specialized aspects of prenatal diagnosis counseling, cancer risk counseling, and genetic counseling with children and adolescents areintegrated with these general principles. Nondirective counseling and the psychology of risk interpretation and decision making are discussed from theoretical and historical perspectives, leading to recommendations for their application to clinical practice. The influences of ethnocultural history,beliefs and practices, for counselee and counselor, are then discussed as they enter into all aspects of genetic counseling.

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Jon Weil is at University of California, Berkeley.

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Title:Psychosocial Genetic CounselingFormat:HardcoverPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195120663

ISBN - 13:9780195120660

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Table of Contents

1. The Counselee as Individual2. The Counselee in a Social Context3. Techniques of Psychosocial Genetic Counseling4. The Structure of Genetic Counseling Interactions5. Nondirective Counseling, Conselee Autonomy, and Decision Making6. Specific Counseling Situations and Counselees7. The Ethnocultural Imperative8. Genetic Counseling in an Expanding Social Context

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"Jon Weil's book is a welcome addition to the library of books on the subject of the psychosocial issues arising in genetic counseling...this book deserves to be applauded as it brings clinical practice to the fore and introduces the reader to understanding psychosocial processes as well asspecific techniques."--Human Genetics