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dc.creatorMalpas, P.J.en
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-12T18:21:30Zen
dc.date.available2011-07-12T18:21:30Zen
dc.date.created2008-04en
dc.date.issued2008-04en
dc.identifierhttp://www.jmedethics.comen
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationJournal of Medical Ethics 2008 April; 34(4): 275-278en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10822/512770en
dc.description.abstractOne of the central arguments given to resist testing currently healthy, asymptomatic children for adult-onset diseases is that they may be psychologically harmed by the knowledge gained from such tests. In this discussion I examine two of the most serious arguments: children who are tested may face limited futures, and that testing may result in damage to the child's self esteem (where the test result returns a positive diagnosis). I claim that these arguments do not stand up to critical evaluation. In conclusion, whilst I do not suggest that all at-risk children should be tested for adult-onset diseases we ought to listen carefully to some parental requests for such testing because the putative psychological harms may not be as significant or likely as initially thought. This is because parents generally have the best interests of their children at heart and if they are properly supported and educated about predictive genetic testing and the possible consequences, then the risk of psychological harms occurring may be ameliorated.en
dc.formatArticleen
dc.languageengen
dc.source315602en
dc.subjectChildrenen
dc.subjectDiagnosisen
dc.subjectEvaluationen
dc.subjectGenetic Testingen
dc.subjectHarmen
dc.subjectKnowledgeen
dc.subjectParentsen
dc.subjectRisken
dc.subject.classificationGenetic Screening / Genetic Testingen
dc.subject.classificationNeurosciences and Mental Health Therapiesen
dc.subject.classificationHealth Care for Newborns and Minorsen
dc.titlePredictive genetic testing of children for adult-onset diseases and psychological harmen
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