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Role of social and behavioral research in assessing the utility of genetic information

Saskia C. Sanderson, Christopher H. Wade and Colleen M. McBride

in Human Genome Epidemiology, 2nd Edition

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195398441
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776023 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398441.003.0025
 							Role of social and behavioral research in assessing the utility of genetic information

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This chapter describes and critiques the state of the science with respect to understanding how genetic information has been, and how genomic information might, in the future, be used to improve health by encouraging health behaviors that decrease chronic disease risk. To this end, it reviews studies in which the impact of providing genetic information has been evaluated as a means to influence behavioral outcomes. It then identifies gaps in the research and recommends new conceptual and methodological directions to accelerate this field of research. Lastly, it recommends roles that social and behavioral science can play in the next generation of research to consider the translation potential of genomic information for public health benefit.

Keywords: genetic information; public health; health behavior; behavioral change; disease risk

Chapter.  9283 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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