Communication of Psychiatric Risk in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: A Pilot Project.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Individuals with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) have an increased chance of developing a psychiatric disorder. While parents of children affected by 22q11.2DS typically receive counseling about risk for non-psychiatric health concerns, genetic counselors may be reluctant to discuss psychiatric risk. Further education of genetic counselors may be necessary to encourage discussion of psychiatric risk with these families. The goal of this project was to develop recommendations for genetic counselors to provide psychiatric risk information to families affected by 22q11.2DS. The recommendations were developed by synthesizing resources in the literature about risk communication. These recommendations were refined following an online focus group meeting with five health care professionals who were recruited for participation from 22q11.2DS clinics across the U.S.A. The focus group data revealed three themes related to discussion of psychiatric risk: 1) Stepwise approach, 2) Discussing treatment options and reducing risks, and 3) Addressing stigma. These recommendations may be used as a foundation for a future clinical protocol to encourage discussion about the risk for psychiatric illness at an earlier point in the diagnostic process for 22q11.2DS and to provide improved information, support and resources to affected families.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hart, SJ; Schoch, K; Shashi, V; Callanan, N

Published Date

  • February 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 6 - 17

PubMed ID

  • 26578232

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3599

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10897-015-9910-0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States