Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 95–116

The Role of Expectations in Effective Genetic Counseling

Authors

  • Lisa R. Jay
    • Genetic Counseling ProgramBeaver College
  • Walid A. Afifi
    • Department of Speech CommunicationThe Pennsylvania State University
  • Wendy Samter
    • Department of CommunicationUniversity of Delaware
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1009493424814

Cite this article as:
Jay, L.R., Afifi, W.A. & Samter, W. Journal of Genetic Counseling (2000) 9: 95. doi:10.1023/A:1009493424814

Abstract

The goals for this investigation were to assess individuals' expectations for social support from genetic counselors, and to explore how these expectations influence perceptions of genetic counselor effectiveness. Two studies were conducted to address these goals. Results from the first study show that individuals most frequently expect genetic counselors to provide options and support following the disclosure of distressing test results, while data from the second study demonstrate that expectations play a significant role in individuals' assessment of genetic counselor effectiveness. These findings shed light on what individuals expect from genetic counselors following the disclosure of medically positive test results and inform how these expectations influence the success of genetic counseling sessions.

genetic counselingsocial supportexpectations

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© National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc. 2000