Amniocentesis in sociocultural perspective

Rayna Rapp

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    This article reports on an anthropological investigation of the social impact and cultural meaning of amniocentesis conducted in New York City, illustrating how class differences, as well as sociocultural diversity, deeply affect pregnant women's acceptance, rejection, and interpretation of prenatal testing. The article also suggests the importance of recognizing how counselors' cultural backgrounds and styles affect patient-counselor communications.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)183-196
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 1993


    • amniocentesis
    • prenatal testing
    • sociocultural diversity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Genetics(clinical)


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