Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 18–29

Psychiatric Disorders in Clinical Genetics II: Individualizing Recurrence Risks


    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of British Columbia
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of British Columbia
  • Christina G. S. Palmer
    • Department of Psychiatry and Human GeneticsUCLA
  • Beth Rosen-Sheidley
    • Department of BiologyBrandeis University
  • Patricia McCarthy Veach
    • Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Minnesota
  • Elizabeth Gettig
    • Department of Human GeneticsUniversity of Pittsburgh
  • Holly L. Peay
    • National Human Genome Research InstituteNIH
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DOI: 10.1007/s10897-007-9121-4

Cite this article as:
Austin, J.C., Palmer, C.G.S., Rosen-Sheidley, B. et al. J Genet Counsel (2008) 17: 18. doi:10.1007/s10897-007-9121-4


This is the second article of a two-part professional development series on genetic counseling for personal and family histories of psychiatric disorders. It is based on an Educational Breakout Session presented by The Psychiatric Special Interest Group of the National Society of Genetic Counselors at the 2006 Annual Education Conference. While the first article in this two part series dealt with addressing family histories of psychiatric disorders in clinical practice, the following discussion deals with the generation and provision of individualized recurrence risks for psychiatric disorders, based on empiric risk data. We present four cases that illustrate important components of and process for generating individualized risk assessment for family histories of psychiatric disorders.


Mental illnessPsychiatric disordersSchizophreniaBipolar disorderAutismGenetic counselingEmpiric risk

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