Effects of counseling Ashkenazi jewish women about breast cancer risk

Deborah J. Bowen, Wylie Burke, Julie O. Culver, Nancy Press, Susan Crystal

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    The goal of this study was to determine whether genetic counseling or psychosocial group counseling provided to Ashkenazi women can reduce breast cancer worry, cancer risk perception, and interest in having genetic testing. Women (N = 211) were randomized to receive individual genetic risk counseling, to receive a group psychosocial group counseling, or to serve as a control group. The authors found that both counseling methods reduced cancer worry, lowered perceptions of breast cancer risk, and decreased interest in having genetic testing. Counseling can help women gain a more accurate perception of their risk, expose them to the benefits and limitations of genetic testing, and reduce their worry about cancer.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)45-56
    Number of pages12
    JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 2006


    • Ashkenazi Jewish
    • Breast cancer risk counseling
    • Genetic counseling
    • Genetic testing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Sociology and Political Science


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