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Evaluating Genetic Counseling: Client Expectations, Psychological Adjustment And Satisfaction With Service

  July, 26 2005 11:43
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Evaluating Genetic Counseling: Client Expectations, Psychological Adjustment And Satisfaction With Service


Angela Davey (1, 3)
Kristie Rostant (1)
Karen Harrop (2)
Jack Goldblatt (2) and
Peter O'Leary (1)

Author Affiliations:

(1) Genomics Directorate, Department of Health, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
(2) Genetic Services of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
(3) Genomics Directorate, Department of Health WA, P.O. Box 8172, Stirling Street, Perth, Western Australia, 6849, Australia

Journal of Genetic Counseling
Issue: Volume 14, Number 3
Date: June 2005
Pages: 197-206


Periodic evaluations of genetic counseling services are useful for determining the effectiveness of counseling in meetings its psycho-educational aims, as well as identifying where improvements to the service may be made. This study aimed to evaluate the genetic counseling services provided by Genetic Services of Western Australia (GSWA) to determine the impact of counseling on client expectations, satisfaction with the service, and psychological adjustment, defined as well-being and perceived personal control (PPC). A total of 122 clients participated in a self-administered survey conducted pre- and post-counseling. Client expectations of the service as a means of providing information were met, and opportunities for counselors to meet client's expectations of psychological support were identified. Furthermore, counseling was found to maintain and enhance psychological well-being of clients. The role of counseling in facilitating the development of PPC was a key contributor to a high sense of satisfaction in clients.


Angela Davey
E-mail: angela.davey@health.wa.gov.au

(C) Journal of Genetic Counseling

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