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Soc Sci Med. 1998 May;46(10):1367-74.

Attitudes towards genetic testing: analysis of contradictions.

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  • 1National Public Health Institute, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract

A survey study was conducted among 1169 people to evaluate attitudes towards genetic testing in Finland. Here we present an analysis of the contradictions detected in people's attitudes towards genetic testing. This analysis focuses on the approval of genetic testing as an individual choice and on the confidence in control of the process of genetic testing and its implications. Our analysis indicated that some of the respondents have contradictory attitudes towards genetic testing. It is proposed that contradictory attitudes towards genetic testing should be given greater significance both in scientific studies on attitudes towards genetic testing as well as in the health care context, e.g. in genetic counselling.

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