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Prediction of Genetic Health Problems in Family Members

  • By: Sandra Taylor
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Family members affected by genetic health problems are tied together by the legacy of their shared inheritance. Genetic health problems can be predicted in families when there is a confirmed family history of an inherited disorder and/or through a predictive genetic test. Predictions are presented as risks or probabilities that family members could develop future health problems.

This entry describes predictive genetic testing and associated ethical issues within a family context. It is important to understand family context in genetic prediction in order to maximize family functioning and provide appropriate professional services.

The Family Context of Genetic Health Problems

Having genetic health problems automatically suggests family context. Where health problems are genetic in nature, inheritance plays a significant role rather than only lifestyle, accidents, or other external ...

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