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Prenatal screening for down’s syndrome: parent and healthcare practitioner experiences

Thomas, Gareth Martin ORCID: 2014. Prenatal screening for down’s syndrome: parent and healthcare practitioner experiences. Sociology Compass 8 (6) , pp. 837-850. 10.1111/soc4.12185

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This article reviews research on both parent and healthcare practitioner experiences of prenatal screening for Down’s syndrome. Whilst studies on Down’s syndrome screening are broad in scope and diverge in theoretical and epistemological foundations, their core focus can be classified into two main and intertwining categories: 1) the decision-making practices of expectant parents and why they do/do not participate in screening; 2) the interactions between parents and practitioners, particularly the discrepancies of knowledge and the pursuit of “informed choice” and “non-directive care.” To conclude, I highlight current knowledge gaps and the areas of substantial interest for future critical sociological engagements.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen)
Cardiff Institute of Society and Health (CISHE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s policy at (accessed 25/6/14)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1751-9020
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 19 June 2014
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 19:26

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