Social work role in research studies of families having hereditary cancer and pre-cancer diagnoses

Anne J. Krush

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Abstract

The social worker’s role in genetic counseling, both as member of a clinical team and investigator in research including family studies, is demonstrated through description of research studies of families having hereditary cancer and pre-cancer diagnoses. Studies involve persons affected with a genetic disorder, those who are unaffected, healthy persons, all of whom may be asked to undergo uncomfortable and sometimes painful tests in order to increase scientific knowledge about a specific genetic disorder. Social work skill and knowledge, casework, interviewing techniques, understanding of the psychodynamics involved in persons with genetic disorders, ability to establish relationships with people, enabling patients to cope with their problems and interdisciplinary competence are all called for in these projects. Additional qualifications can be acquired through courses in basic genetics and “on the job” training. The pursuit of scientific inquiry within the context of human values is shown as challenge and opportunity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982

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Inborn Genetic Diseases
Social Work
social work
cancer
Inservice Training
Neoplasms
Aptitude
Genetic Counseling
human being
Mental Competency
on-the-job training
family research
Research Personnel
casework
qualification
social worker
counseling
ability
knowledge
Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health Policy
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Social work role in research studies of families having hereditary cancer and pre-cancer diagnoses. / Krush, Anne J.

In: Social Work in Health Care, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1982, p. 39-48.

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