Guidelines and Policies on Genetic Testing in Children and Families

  • Donald W. Hadley
  • Anne D. Letocha Ersig
  • M.K. Holohan Quattrocchi
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Rapid advances in genomic-based sciences are facilitating the collection of a burgeoning amount of knowledge about the role that genomic factors play in human disease. The resulting body of knowledge provides hope for more effective treatments and eventually the prevention of diseases and disorders affecting children, adults, and families (Feero, Guttmacher, & Collins, 2008; Guttmacher & Collins, 2005). However, this knowledge and technology could be used inappropriately, resulting in harm to the medical, psychological, and social well-being of those pursuing testing (Hudson, Javitt, Burke, & Byers, 2007; Robertson, 2003). The rapidly increasing breadth and availability of genomic tests are leading to heightened concerns about their application in clinical settings, public health, and outside of the health-care setting, through direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing (Hudson et al., 2007; Javitt, Stanley, & Hudson, 2004).


Genetic Testing Newborn Screening Genetic Service Carrier Screening Genomic Testing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald W. Hadley
    • 1
  • Anne D. Letocha Ersig
    • 1
  • M.K. Holohan Quattrocchi
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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