Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 251–265 | Cite as

Genetic counseling after abnormal prenatal diagnosis: Facilitating coping in families who continue their pregnancies

  • Jill S. Fonda Allen
  • Lynda C. Mulhauser


Families continuing a pregnancy after abnormal prenatal diagnosis face a unique crisis. Case examples are combined with clinical observations and a review of selected literature to define the elements of this crisis. Counseling strategies are discussed that may facilitate coping. Further research is needed to define the experience, as well as to identify effective coping strategies and successful counseling approaches.

Key words

genetic counseling abnormal prenatal diagnosis psychological and psychosocial issues coping strategies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jill S. Fonda Allen
    • 2
  • Lynda C. Mulhauser
    • 1
  1. 1.National Catholic School of Social ServiceCatholic UniversityWashington, D.C.
  2. 2.Center for Prenatal Evaluation/CNMCWashington, D.C.

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