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Genetic counselling has been perhaps the most important way of assisting families with a hereditary disease in managing the consequences of the disease, and in helping individuals at-risk to find creative solutions for their problems. The increased awareness of the genetic aspects of a disease, and ...
The term screening applies to the application of a test or tests in a general population in which most individuals will be considered at low risk.1 Screening is used as a method of identifying those in the population whose risk might be significantly high to warrant the offer of further diagnostic t ...
Basic themes All individuals have three ego states. These influence our thoughts and behavioural responses in a given situation. Individuals operate according to ‘preconscious life scripts’, that can however be changed. The counsellor’s role is to facilitate the changing of scripts and to ...
The necessity of screening and testing children at risk brings along its own sensitivities. The natural wish of parents is to ensure the safe and normal development of their offspring. However, in families at risk of genetic diseases, the future of a child can be shadowed by the chance that life may ...
The tasks of mourning (Worden) 1. Unreality 2. Acceptance of the reality 3. Pain of loss 4. Adjusting to present 5. Reinvestment in future. Grief issues Families affected by a genetic condition often experience a series of multiple losses, leading to continual cycles of grief. There may ...
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