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Ann Behav Med. 2014 Jun;47(3):388-94. doi: 10.1007/s12160-013-9553-z.

Effects of undergoing multiplex genetic susceptibility testing on parent attitudes towards testing their children.

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Social and Behavioral Research Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA, acmadeo@gmail.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Parents may pursue common disease risk information about themselves via multiplex genetic susceptibility testing (MGST) for their children.

PURPOSE:

To prospectively assess whether parents who received MGST disclosed their test results to their child, intended to change the child's health habits, or have the child tested.

METHODS:

Eighty parents who opted for free MGST completed an online survey about a child in their household before undergoing MGST and a follow-up telephone survey 3 months after receiving results.

RESULTS:

Few parents (21 %) disclosed results to the child. Undergoing MGST was unrelated to intentions to change the child's health habits but did increase parental willingness to test the child. Greater willingness to test a child was associated with positive attitudes toward pediatric genetic testing and intentions to change the child's health habits.

CONCLUSION:

The experience of receiving MGST had little impact on parents' perceptions or behaviors related to their minor child.

PMID:
24338635
PMCID:
PMC4008655
DOI:
10.1007/s12160-013-9553-z
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