Attitudes of deaf individuals towards genetic testing
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A
Volume 130A, Issue 1, pages 17–21, 15 September 2004
How to Cite
Taneja, P. R., Pandya, A., Foley, D. L., Nicely, L. V. and Arnos, K. S. (2004), Attitudes of deaf individuals towards genetic testing. Am. J. Med. Genet., 130A: 17–21. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.30051
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 NOV 2003
- Manuscript Received: 10 OCT 2003
- NIDCD (NIH grants to WEN and AP). Grant Numbers: 1 R01 DC02430, 1 R01 DC04293, K08-HD01172-01A1
- NIDCD, NIH Professional Services Contract (to KSA). Grant Number: 263-MD-814375
- genetic testing;
- partner selection
Recent advances have made molecular genetic testing for several forms of deafness more widely available. Previous studies have examined the attitudes of the deaf towards genetic testing, including prenatal diagnosis. This study examines the attitudes of deaf college students towards universal newborn hearing screening, including molecular testing for specific forms of deafness, as well as the utilization of genetic test results for mate selection. We found that there may be differences in the attitudes of deaf individuals who associate closely with the deaf community (DC), and those who have equal involvement with both the deaf and hearing communities (EIC). The majority perceived newborn hearing screening for deafness to be helpful. However, more members of the EIC than the DC groups support newborn testing for genes for deafness. While there was reported interest in using genetic testing for partner selection, most participants reported they would not be interested in selecting a partner to have children with a specific hearing status. The results of this study point out important differences that genetic professionals should be aware of when counseling deaf individuals. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.