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Psychosocial aspects of a Tay-Sachs screening clinic
Am J Psychiatry 1978;135:1101-1102.
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The authors administered questionnaires to participants in a Tay-Sachs screening clinic. They received 322 responses. Although the majority of the respondents expressed anxiety about the possibility that they might be carriers, most indicated that this anxiety brought them to the clinic. The authors conclude that a well-publicized and well-organized screening clinic can function successfully and deal with the issue of anticipated loss without producing mass fear. An important factor in their clinic was the fact that they were able to offer an alternative to a Tay-Sachs child through amniocentesis.

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