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Predictive Genetic Testing: Psychological Impact

  1. Gerry Evers-Kiebooms,
  2. Lieve Denayer

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005631.pub2



How to Cite

Evers-Kiebooms, G. and Denayer, L. 2008. Predictive Genetic Testing: Psychological Impact. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University Hospitals, Leuven, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008


Predictive genetic tests are deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests that predict the future of an asymptomatic person in regard to a specific disease that runs in the family. They require an adequate multidisciplinary counselling approach because the test result has consequences for the psychological well-being of those tested and their families.


  • predictive testing;
  • neurodegenerative disease;
  • hereditary cancer;
  • hereditary heart disease;
  • psychological impact;
  • counselling