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Title: Predictive testing for Huntington's disease: relationship with partners after testing
Authors: Decruyenaere, Marleen ×
Evers-Kiebooms, Gerry
Cloostermans, T
Boogaerts, Andrea
Demyttenaere, Koen
Dom, René
Fryns, Jean-Pierre #
Issue Date: Jan-2004
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Series Title: Clinical Genetics vol:65 issue:1 pages:24-31
Abstract: This study focuses on the partner relationship of tested persons, 5 years after their predictive test result for Huntington's disease (HD). We describe changes in marital status, quality of the relationship, and perceived changes in the relationship. Twenty-six carriers, 14 of their partners, 33 non-carriers, and 17 of their partners participated in the study. Qualitative and quantitative methods were used. For the majority of tested persons (about 70%), the marital status was unchanged 5 years post test. Overall, carriers rated the quality of the relationship higher than their partners did and they perceived more positive changes. Qualitative data show that a test result leading to changed roles may induce significant marital distress. Another consequence of the test may be the changes in dynamics in asymptomatic carrier couples. A pre-test discussion of the possible impact of the test result on the relationship should result in a better preparation for and more understanding of the reactions after testing. Counselling after testing should stimulate an open communication between partners with consideration of needs and anxieties of both partners.
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ISSN: 0009-9163
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Psychiatry
Clinical Genetics Section (-)
Department of Human Genetics - miscellaneous
Health Psychology
Field of Study Social and Community Work Odisee
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