Perceived Genetic Risks for Bipolar Disorder in a Patient Population: An Exploratory Study

Kimberly A. Quaid, Sharon R. Aschen, Carrie L. Smiley, John I. Nurnberger

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Abstract

Thirty-one subjects with bipolar illness completed a questionnaire about genetic risk for bipolar disorder. Subjects estimated both quantitative and qualitative genetic risk for bipolar disorder for the following categories: general population, siblings, parents, spouses, and children. Results showed that quantitative risks were inflated when compared to qualitative risks and that subjects routinely over-estimated the risk for developing bipolar illness. These findings suggest that genetic counseling may be useful for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-51
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

Keywords

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Genetic counseling
  • Risk estimation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)

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