Genetic Counseling: Nondirectiveness

Abstract

Nondirectiveness in genetic counseling is an attitude that, in practice, tries to avoid the pitfalls of directiveness by respecting client autonomy as far as possible. It has its roots in humanistic psychology, but its development has been poorly recognized in human genetics; therefore it is often misinterpreted and misunderstood.

Keywords: genetic counseling; non‐directiveness; directiveness

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Wolff, Gerhard(Sep 2006) Genetic Counseling: Nondirectiveness. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005621]