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Nurs Sci Q. 2007 Jul;20(3):254-64.

The Theory of Genetic Vulnerability: a Roy model exemplar.

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  • 1University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of adult genetic testing. Grounded theory was used to plan, guide, and analyze in-depth interviews with 29 participants. The theory of genetic vulnerability was developed and is composed of five concepts: (a) experiencing the family disease, (b) testing for a mutation, (c) fore-grounding inherited disease risk, (d) responding to knowledge of genetic vulnerability, and (e) altering or avoiding the family experience of inherited disease. Roy's model of adaptation is discussed as a valuable lens through which to test and adapt this theory.

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