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Confronting Genetic Disease: Psychological Issues

  1. Eddy Street,
  2. Christine Evans

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005936



How to Cite

Street, E. and Evans, C. 2006. Confronting Genetic Disease: Psychological Issues. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


The rapid growth of knowledge in medical genetics has reshaped the face of modern medicine. The accessibility of the genetic element of many disorders introduces different psychological tasks and challenges for individuals, couples and families.


  • psychological framework;
  • individual responses;
  • couple responses;
  • family responses;
  • cognitive and emotional processing