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Genetic Counseling: Nondirectiveness

  1. Gerhard Wolff

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005621



How to Cite

Wolff, G. 2006. Genetic Counseling: Nondirectiveness. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Institute of Human Genetics, Freiburg, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Nondirectiveness in genetic counseling is an attitude that, in practice, tries to avoid the pitfalls of directiveness by respecting client autonomy as far as possible. It has its roots in humanistic psychology, but its development has been poorly recognized in human genetics; therefore it is often misinterpreted and misunderstood.


  • genetic counseling;
  • non-directiveness;
  • directiveness