Sociological Aspects of Genetic Counseling

  • Patricia T. Kelly
Part of the Heidelberg Science Library book series (HSL)


The role of the family and the role of children in the family have undergone many changes in the last few centuries. Families have separated themselves from the society around them, with the nuclear rather than the extended family becoming the predominant type. Even within the last 20 years the structure of the American family has undergone great changes. The number of children per family has decreased, the divorce rate has increased, and married women are increasingly likely to work outside the home.* Changes in family structure have resulted in a smaller familial network from which individuals can draw help and support during times of illness. Instead, individuals must rely to a greater degree than ever before on social networks outside the family: friends, social service agencies, medical institutions, and health professionals.


Genetic Counseling Preventive Care Reproductive Decision Future Child Genetic Counseling Session 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia T. Kelly
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  1. 1.G. W. Hooper FoundationUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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