Title
Genetic testing and counseling in the case of an autism diagnosis : a caregivers perspective Genetic testing and counseling in the case of an autism diagnosis : a caregivers perspective
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Paris ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
European journal of medical genetics. - Paris
Volume/pages
59(2016) , p. 452-458
ISSN
1769-7212
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The search for genes that can explain the development of autism is ongoing. At the same time, genetic counselling and genetic testing can be offered to families with a child diagnosed with autism. However, given the complexity of autism, both with respect to its aetiology as well as with respect to its heterogeneity, such genetic counselling and testing raises specific ethical questions regarding the aim and scope. In order to map these questions and opinions we interviewed 15 Belgian autism professionals.We found that they believed that genetic counselling and genetic testing have certain benefits for families confronted with an autism diagnosis, but also that direct benefit to the child is limited to those cases where a genetic finding offers a certain prognosis and intervention plan. In cases where autism is the result of a syndrome or a known genetic variant that is associated with other health problems, detection can also enable prevention of these health issues. Benefits of genetic testing, such as relief of guilt and reproductive choice, are primarily benefits to the parents, although indirectly they may affect the wellbeing of the person diagnosed. These benefits are associated with ethical questions.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/301ef0/134920.pdf
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