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Genetic Risk: Social Construction

  1. Evelyn P Parsons1,
  2. Don M Bradley2

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005866



How to Cite

Parsons, E. P. and Bradley, D. M. 2006. Genetic Risk: Social Construction. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK

  2. 2

    University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Social constructionism is an approach within the social sciences that challenges traditional assumptions about the objectivity of scientific and medical facts. Social constructionists would argue that genetic risk is not a mathematical entity that has independent reality, but is a social fact that is constantly negotiated and constructed by individuals, scientists and clinicians in their everyday lives.


  • genetic risk;
  • psychosocial genetics;
  • social constructionism