Handbook of Genomics and the Family

Psychosocial Context for Children and Adolescents

  • Kenneth P. Tercyak

Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Introduction to Genomics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Offie P. Soldin, Christopher A. Loffredo
      Pages 3-31
  3. Cross-Cutting Issues in Children and Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Julianne M. O’Daniel, Allyn Mcconkie-Rosell
      Pages 87-107
    3. Marcia Van Riper
      Pages 109-139
    4. Joanna Fanos, Lori Wiener, Tara Brennan
      Pages 141-161
    5. Brenda J. Wilson, Holly Etchegary
      Pages 163-189
    6. Isaac M. Lipkus
      Pages 191-217
  4. Genes, Behavior, and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Kelly E. Ormond
      Pages 221-240
    3. Tricia See, Cynthia J. Tifft
      Pages 241-266
    4. Jennifer E. Axilbund, Beth N. Peshkin
      Pages 267-291
    5. Suzanne Bennett Johnson
      Pages 293-311
    6. Suma Potiny, Sarah Clauss
      Pages 313-327
    7. Saskia C. Sanderson, Myles S. Faith
      Pages 329-343
    8. Nicole R. Hoft, Joseph T. Sakai, Marissa A. Ehringer
      Pages 345-367
    9. Josephine Elia, Karin Borgmann-Winter, Dorothy Grice
      Pages 369-405
  5. Emerging Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 435-435
    2. Ning Wang, Dennis Drotar, Gurjit K. Khurana Hershey
      Pages 437-456
    3. Donald W. Hadley, Anne D. Letocha Ersig, M.K. Holohan Quattrocchi
      Pages 523-557
    4. Suzanne C. O’Neill
      Pages 577-593
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 595-615

About this book


Today’s consumer can send a company a DNA sample and receive a detailed set of genetic test results in return all without ever visiting a health care provider. Although knowing one’s personal risk for serious disease may lead some individuals to make more informed health choices, an ever-growing set of questions remains: Are predictive genetic tests meaningful? Can the results be harmful as well as helpful? In what ways can genetic information be used by health care providers to predict disease risk and optimize medical management within concerned families? Most important, how might the landscape of genetic testing affect the care of children’s health?

Although there are no easy answers, the Handbook of Genomics and the Family details in one authoritative volume the challenges entailed by the latest genetic advances and offers insights into the potential translation of this knowledge in pediatric and family practice and public health. This timely and comprehensive reference introduces readers to the study of how genes, singly and in combination with each other and the environment, affect health and behavior; summarizes current findings on genetics and genomics in disease etiology and prevention; and provides family-focused perspectives relating to genetic counseling and education.

Key features of the Handbook include:

- In-depth background in genetics and genomics in relationship to disease etiology and epidemiology.

- Integrative frameworks for understanding genetics and genomics in the context of families.

- Considerations for communicating genetic and genomic information.

- Individual chapters on genetic and familial risks for specific diseases and conditions, including cancer, obesity, and Type 1 diabetes among children and adolescents.

- Training, ethics, and other emerging issues and controversies.

- Contemporary policies on genetic testing in children and families.

The Handbook of Genomics and the Family is essential reading for clinical child and pediatric psychologists and psychiatrists, pediatricians and nurses, clinical geneticists and genetic counselors, and public health specialists as advances in genetics lead the way to more personalized models of health.


DNA Diagnostic testing Ethics in genetics Genetic disorders Genetic testing Genetics and heredity Infancy and genetics Medical diagnoses Molecular biology Pediatric genetic disorders Translation gene therapy genes genetic information genetics

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth P. Tercyak
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Health Outcomes & Health Beh, Department of OncologyGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-5799-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-5800-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0471
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