Predictors of Psychological Adjustment to Genetic Testing for Huntington's Disease

Ann Marie Codori, Phillip R. Slavney, Candace Young, Diana L Miglioretti, Jason Brandt

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Abstract

In the present study the authors assessed predictors of adjustment to genetic testing for Huntington's disease. Fifty-two genetically positive and 108 genetically negative persons were studied for 1 year following testing. Adjustment, defined by hopelessness and depressive symptoms, was measured at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after disclosure and was within normal limits for both groups. Those less well adjusted had tested positive, were married, had no children, or were closer to their estimated ages of onset. The study delineated risk factors for psychological distress that should be considered by people contemplating testing for Huntington's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-50
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume16
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Genetic testing
  • Huntington's disease
  • Predictive testing
  • Psychological impact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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Codori, A. M., Slavney, P. R., Young, C., Miglioretti, D. L., & Brandt, J. (1997). Predictors of Psychological Adjustment to Genetic Testing for Huntington's Disease. Health Psychology, 16(1), 36-50.