What women with breast cancer discuss with clinicians about risk for their adolescent daughters Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Communication
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Nuclear Family
  • Professional-Patient Relations


  • Recorded conversations between women undergoing BRCA genetic counseling with clinicians (N = 16) and follow-up consultation letters (N = 16) were analyzed to determine how and when communicating genetic risk information to women's adolescent daughters is discussed. Themes from conversations included mothers' worries about their daughters, perceptions of their daughters' coping, educational information, and clinicians' willingness or reluctance to communicate directly with daughters about their genetic risk. Letters referred to daughters when informing mothers about autosomal dominant inheritance patterns, psychosocial considerations, and screening recommendations. Results inform the value of educating mothers about how they might discuss these issues with their adolescent daughters.

publication date

  • July 2012



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC4101534

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07347332.2012.684855

PubMed ID

  • 22747109

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 484

end page

  • 502


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