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01.02.2016 | Theory Based Paper | Ausgabe 1/2016

Journal of Genetic Counseling 1/2016

The Life Course Perspective: a Guide for Genetic Counselors

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Journal of Genetic Counseling > Ausgabe 1/2016
Autoren:
Rebekah J. Hamilton, Nancy A. Innella, Dawn T. Bounds

Abstract

This is the first article in a two part series about utilizing the life course perspective (LCP) in genetic counseling. LCP can be a useful tool for genetic counselors when counseling people with a known genetic mutation. Previous theories such as Protection Motivation Theory (PMT) and Common Sense Model of Self-Regulation (CSMSR) examine current reactions to a positive genetic test result. LCP extends beyond the current time to explore temporal and contextual elements of the experience. A review of research revealed, LCP has been used to study the perspective of caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease, referral for a family history of breast cancer, Mexican American caregivers of older adult, social class and cancer incidence and cancer and the sense of mastery. Incorporating LCP into a study explaining the experiences of people living with a positive test result for a genetic mutation such as the BRCA mutation provides a comprehensive exploration of this experience.

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