Genetic Counseling-Stress, Coping, and the Empowerment Perspective.


Journal Article

Historically one of the basic foundations of the genetic counseling process has been nondirectiveness; however, its definition and utility continues to be in question. There remains a need to develop genetic counseling interventions in order to qualify, quantify, measure, and enhance the genetic counseling process as well as to delineate the complex interactions of education and counseling that occur. We propose a framework for genetic counseling interventions utilizing an empowerment perspective and Lazarus and Folkman's adaptation of the theory of stress and coping. This model frames the genetic counseling process as one that promotes the autonomy of the individual by providing the individual with the tools required to make their own decisions and enhances coping and adjustment to the outcome of those decisions through control and mastery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McConkie-Rosell, A; Sullivan, JA

Published Date

  • December 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 345 - 357

PubMed ID

  • 26140825

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26140825

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1059-7700

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/A:1022919325772


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States