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Genetic counseling in psychiatry

Arribas-Ayllon, Michael 2015. Genetic counseling in psychiatry. In: Sadler, John Z., Fulford, K. W. M. and van Staden, Werdie (C. W.) eds. The Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics, Vol. 2. Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 736-751. (10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198732372.013.54)

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Abstract

This chapter offers a sober analysis of the history and prospects of genetic counseling in psychiatry. The present intersection of genetics and psychiatry is complex and limited in scope. The argument is made that recent genomic discoveries are unlikely to revolutionize genetic counseling because the complex nature of psychiatric conditions are not reducible to models of prediction. Susceptibility testing for psychiatric disorders is not a stable platform for clinical psychiatry because tests based on “common variation” are clinically unhelpful. Nevertheless, there are expectations that genetic counseling for psychiatry will be an area of growth and potential. The rest of the chapter focuses on the practical work of individuals and experts as they manage their moral or professional obligations to communicate and understand genetic risk in psychiatry.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199663880
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2020 16:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87125

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