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Gender Differences in Attitudes Among Those at Risk for Huntington's Disease


Taylor, SD, Gender Differences in Attitudes Among Those at Risk for Huntington's Disease, Genetic Testing, 9, (2) pp. 152-157. ISSN 1090-6576 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1089/gte.2005.9.152


This report presents and discusses selected findings regarding gender differences from an Australian-based study that investigated attitudes of individuals at risk for Huntington's disease (HD) towards genetic risk and predictive testing. Clear gender differences emerged regarding perceived coping capacity with regard to predictive testing, as well as disclosure of the genetic risk for HD to others. Female participants were more likely to disclose their genetic risk to others, including their medical practitioners, while male participants were three times more fearful of disclosing their genetic risk to others. These findings are of interest in light of gender differences that have consistently been reported regarding the uptake of predictive testing for HD, other genetic conditions, and health services more generally. While gender differences cannot provide a fully explanatory framework for differential uptake of predictive genetic testing, men and women may experience and respond differently to the genetic risk for HD and possibly other inherited disorders. The meanings of genetic risk to men and women warrants further exploration, given anticipated increases in genetic testing for more common conditions, especially if post-test interventions are possible. These issues are also relevant within the context of individuals' concerns about the potential for discrimination on the basis of genetic risk or genetic test information. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Taylor, SD (Professor Sandy Taylor)
ID Code:58938
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2009-11-06
Last Modified:2011-10-06

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