The pastor as genetic counselor

M. Wayne Clark

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The pastor as pastoral counselor in the setting of the church can play an important role on a genetic team. This article explores the role the pastor plays in the definitive stage: delivery of information, educating, supporting, and counseling in human genetics. Problems that are encountered by team members, patients, and families, and dominant feelings that seem to exist in couples or individuals who discover that their children have a birth defect or that they themselve are carriers of a faulty gene are revealed and illustrated through clinical examples and interviews. Further suggestions are given on how a constructive team approach can help provide information regarding birth defects and how pastors can help and participate in this process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-332
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Religion & Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies


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