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Predictive Genetic Testing: Emotional and Behavioural Impact

  1. Saskia C Sanderson

Published Online: 15 DEC 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005626



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Sanderson, S. C. 2008. Predictive Genetic Testing: Emotional and Behavioural Impact. eLS. .

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  1. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2008


Genetic tests are becoming increasingly available both clinically and commercially. It is important that the psychological impact (e.g. emotional and behavioural impact) of this emerging class of tests is understood. The evidence suggests genetic testing may have fewer adverse emotional effects than anticipated. A clear picture has not yet emerged regarding behavioural impact. However, this field is in its infancy, and there is much work still to be done. The hope is that genetic testing will be applied and communicated in effective and responsible ways that have minimal adverse emotional yet maximal positive behavioural effects, and will ultimately have a significant beneficial impact on human health.


  • genetic testing;
  • psychological impact;
  • behaviour