Eugenics and Nondirectiveness in Genetic Counseling

@article{Resta1997EugenicsAN,
  title={Eugenics and Nondirectiveness in Genetic Counseling},
  author={Robert G Resta},
  journal={Journal of Genetic Counseling},
  year={1997},
  volume={6},
  pages={255-258}
}
Why do genetic counselors advocate nondirectiveness? Most authors claim that nondirectiveness developed as a reaction to the abuses of the Nazi government and to the aggressive population improvement strategies of traditional eugenicists like Charles Davenport. After World War II, geneticists felt that they could escape the ethical pitfalls of their eugenic predecessors by adhering to the principles of patient autonomy and nondirectiveness (Fine, 1993; Kessler, 1992; Michie et al., 1997; White… CONTINUE READING

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