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Am J Hum Genet. 1981 Sep;33(5):802-16.

Sickle cell trait counseling-evaluation of counselors and counselees.


In this study, information about both counselee and counselor performance was obtained from taped recordings of 193 structured counseling sessions with persons diagnosed as having sickle cell trait. The data provide evidence that: (1) lay persons can understand essential sickle cell information; (2) trained lay persons using a structured format can transmit successfully sickle cell information; (3) only education and age, among counselee characteristics studies, were related to successful learning; (4) the evaluation of information transfer in counseling programs cannot be limited to counselees' comprehension but must also consider other variables such as counselor performance and curriculum content; (5) a reduction in negative feelings associated with a diagnosis of sickle cell trait is an immediate effect of counseling; and (6) audio-taping of counseling sessions is client acceptable and useful for evaluation, quality control, and counselor training.

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