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How will information about the genetic risk of mental disorders impact on stigma?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18247196     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To suggest ways of testing hypotheses about the impact that information on genetic risk may have on the social stigma of mental disorders and to analyse the implications of these hypotheses for genetic screening for mental disorders. METHOD: Literature review and critical analysis and synthesis. RESULTS: An optimistic view is that information on the genetic risk for mental disorders will reduce blame and social stigma experienced by individuals living with mental disorder. A more pessimists view is that genetic risk information and the use of predictive genetic testing will lead to earlier stigmatization of those at risk of mental disorders. Research is identified that is needed to provide a better understanding of the implications of predictive genetic testing for the stigmatization of different mental health disorders. CONCLUSIONS: It is essential that research on the genetics of mental disorders is accompanied by social science research on the ways in which genetic findings influence the lives of those who are tested.
Merle Spriggs; Craig A Olsson; Wayne Hall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0004-8674     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-05     Completed Date:  2008-06-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0111052     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  214-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ethics Unit, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Parkville, Vic., Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Ethics, Clinical
Genetic Predisposition to Disease
Informed Consent / statistics & numerical data*
Mass Screening
Mental Disorders* / epidemiology,  genetics,  psychology
Risk Factors
Serotonin Plasma Membrane Transport Proteins / genetics*
Severity of Illness Index
Reg. No./Substance:
0/SLC6A4 protein, human; 0/Serotonin Plasma Membrane Transport Proteins

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