Parent Perspectives Towards Genetic and Epigenetic Testing for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Quadrant Biosciences Inc., Syracuse, USA.
Departments of Neuroscience & Physiology, Psychiatry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pediatrics, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, USA.
Department of Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine, 500 University Drive Mail Code H134, Hershey, USA.
Department of Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine, 500 University Drive, Mail Code HS83, Hershey, USA.
Department of Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine, 500 University Drive, Mail Code HS83, Hershey, USA. [email protected]
- Published Article
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
- Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Examining community views on genetic/epigenetic research allows collaborative technology development. Parent perspectives toward genetic/epigenetic testing for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not well-studied. Parents of children with ASD (n = 131), non-ASD developmental delay (n = 39), and typical development (n = 74) completed surveys assessing genetic/epigenetic knowledge, genetic/epigenetic concerns, motives for research participation, and attitudes/preferences toward ASD testing. Most parents (96%) were interested in saliva-based molecular testing for ASD. Some had concerns about privacy (14%) and insurance-status (10%). None (0%) doubted scientific evidence behind genetic/epigenetic testing. Most reported familiarity with genetics (88%), but few understood differences from epigenetics (19%). Child developmental status impacted insurance concerns (p = 0.01). There is broad parent interest in a genetic/epigenetic test for ASD. It will be crucial to carefully consider and address bioethical issues surrounding this sensitive topic while developing such technology.
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