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Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 193–212 | Cite as

Models of Genetic Counseling and Their Effects on Multicultural Genetic Counseling

  • Linwood J. Lewis
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Abstract

This theoretical paper examines challenges to multicultural genetic counseling, counseling between culturally different clients and counselors, in the context of Kessler's typology of models of genetic counseling (Kessler S (1997) J Genet Counsel 6:287–295). It is suggested that challenges such as resistance to multicultural genetic counseling education may be due to conceptions about genetic counseling as a biomedical field that transcends questions of culture as well as lack of multicultural training or prejudice. Directions for future research and recommendations for multicultural genetic counseling education are briefly explored.

genetic counseling cultural diversity education research psychology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologySarah Lawrence CollegeBronxville

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