Attitudes towards future testing for bipolar disorder susceptibility genes: a preliminary investigation

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The discovery of susceptibility genes for the major psychiatric illnesses may lead to the development of presymptomatic and prenatal tests. In a preliminary study we assessed the attitudes of 147 bipolar patients, 90 attendees at their family doctor (GP) and 32 psychiatrists to the possible development of genetic tests for bipolar disorder susceptibility genes. Our results suggest that patients and the public will look favourably on the development of presymptomatic (but not prenatal) testing for bipolar disorder susceptibility genes. Psychiatrists, who will have to administer such tests, appear significantly more cautious. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-193
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2002


  • ethics, bipolar disorder, genetic testing