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The spatial and temporal dimensions of reflective questions in genetic counselling

Sarangi, Srikant Kumar 2010. The spatial and temporal dimensions of reflective questions in genetic counselling. Freed, Alice and Ehrlich, Susan, eds. 'Why Do You Ask?': The Function of Questions in Institutional Discourse, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 235-255. (10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306897.003.0011)

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This chapter, written by Srikant Sarangi, examines reflective questions in genetic counseling sessions. According to Sarangi, such sessions are characterized by an “ethos of nondirectiveness” designed to facilitate “reflection‐based decision making” on the part of clients. Sarangi shows how reflective questions, including hypothetical questions, function to create hypothetical scenarios for clients who are deciding whether they wish to be tested for genetically transmitted diseases, such as Huntington's disease. These hypothetical scenarios extend the clinical setting both temporally and spatially; that is, clients orient not only to the multiple participants present in the here and now of clinic sessions but also to the multiple participants present in the past and future scenarios evoked by the counselor's reflective and hypothetical questions. Sarangi thus demonstrates the value of looking at both past and hypothetical future interactions for what they reveal about what is going on in a present exchange.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Uncontrolled Keywords: reflective questions; hypothetical questions; genetic counseling; Huntington's disease; hypothetical scenarios; reflection‐based decision making
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195306897
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:46

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