Title

Making Responsible Decisions: An Interpretive Ethic for Genetic Decisionmaking

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1999

Abstract

It is widely thought that genetic counselors should work with parents “nondirectively”: they should keep parents informed and support their decisions. But this view misconceives human decisionmaking by failing to recognize that value choices are constructed within and constrained by a community. Acknowledging that decisions involve interaction with and responsibility toward others leads to a “dialogical” model of counseling, in which genetic counselors may question and guide parents’ decisions.

DOI

10.2307/3528534