“What Would You Do if You Were Me?” Effects of Counselor Self-Disclosure Versus Non-disclosure in a Hypothetical Genetic Counseling Session

@article{Paine2010WhatWY,
  title={“What Would You Do if You Were Me?” Effects of Counselor Self-Disclosure Versus Non-disclosure in a Hypothetical Genetic Counseling Session},
  author={Amy L. Paine and Patricia McCarthy Veach and Ian M MacFarlane and Brittany C Thomas and Mary Ahrens and Bonnie LeRoy},
  journal={Journal of Genetic Counseling},
  year={2010},
  volume={19},
  pages={570-584}
}
Two prior studies suggest genetic counselors self-disclose primarily because patients ask them to do so (Peters et al., 2004; Thomas et al., 2006). However, scant research has investigated effects of counselor disclosure on genetic counseling processes and outcomes. In this study, 151 students (98 undergraduates, 53 graduates) completed one of three surveys describing a hypothetical genetic counseling session in which a patient at risk for FAP was considering whether to pursue testing or… Expand
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