Picking a frame for communicating about genetics: Stigmas or challenges

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

8 Scopus citations


Currently, one may describe awareness of genomics as limited, but growing in the US. Although awareness is limited, the US public expresses great concern that genomics could result in stigmatization and discrimination (Reproductive genetic testing: What America thinks. Washington, DC: Genetics and Public Policy Center, 2004). This situation provides a rare opportunity to think carefully about how to design communication to a general public in ways that galvanize positive sentiments around genomics instead of stimulate stigmas. This manuscript provides a synthesis of communication theories relevant to framing genomics in stigma and challenge formats, the details necessary to understand what such messages look like, and an illustration of the two frames. Many people in different roles are engaging in these conversations in many different contexts. Through the growing exposure and interest in genomics, the opportunity to proactively script messages to form beliefs and attitudes about genomics, instead of managing pre-existing ones, may disappear quickly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-298
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Genetics(clinical)


Dive into the research topics of 'Picking a frame for communicating about genetics: Stigmas or challenges'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this