How will information about the genetic risk of mental disorders reduce stigma?

Spriggs, Merle, Olsson, Craig A. and Hall, Wayne 2008, How will information about the genetic risk of mental disorders reduce stigma?, Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 214-220, doi: 10.1080/00048670701827226.

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Title How will information about the genetic risk of mental disorders reduce stigma?
Author(s) Spriggs, Merle
Olsson, Craig A.ORCID iD for Olsson, Craig A.
Hall, Wayne
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry
Volume number 42
Issue number 3
Start page 214
End page 220
Total pages 7
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, U. K.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0004-8674
Keyword(s) ethics
genetic screening
informed consent
mental disorders
Summary Objectives: To suggest ways of testing hypotheses about the impact that information on genetic risk may have on the social stigma of mental disorders and to analyse the implications of these hypotheses for genetic screening for mental disorders.

Method: Literature review and critical analysis and synthesis.

Results: An optimistic view is that information on the genetic risk for mental disorders will reduce blame and social stigma experienced by individuals living with mental disorder. A more pessimists view is that genetic risk information and the use of predictive genetic testing will lead to earlier stigmatization of those at risk of mental disorders. Research is identified that is needed to provide a better understanding of the implications of predictive genetic testing for the stigmatization of different mental health disorders.

Conclusions: It is essential that research on the genetics of mental disorders is accompanied by social science research on the ways in which genetic findings influence the lives of those who are tested.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00048670701827226
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
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