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Exploration of the impact of messages about genes and race on lay attitudes

Condit, CM and Parrott, RL and Bates, BR and Bevan, J and Achter, PJ (2004) Exploration of the impact of messages about genes and race on lay attitudes. Clin Genet, 66. pp. 402-408.

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Abstract

The effect of messages about genetics on lay audiences was assessed through an experimental study that exposed participants (n=96) to a Public Service Announcement about race, genes, and heart disease. Participants who received a message that specified either ‘Whites’ or ‘Blacks’ as the subject of the message demonstrated elevated levels of racism, genetic basis for racism, and one dimension of genetic discrimination as compared to those receiving a version of the message with no race specification or in a no-message control condition. The presentation of such messages to the public is not recommended until additional research clarifies this finding and perhaps describes mitigating vocabularies or approaches.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: genes, race, lay attitudes, heart disease, racism, genetic racism, genetic discrimination, messages
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Research > studies
Research > Genetics and Race
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2011 11:07
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/414

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