Title

Development of a Survey Assessing Attitudes Toward Genetic Research

Presenter Information

Ashley Nelson

Department

Psychological Science

Major

Psychology

Research Advisor

Bichsel, Jacqueline Michelle

Advisor's Department

Psychological Science

Abstract

This study involved the development of a comprehensive questionnaire assessing attitudes toward genetic research. Face validity was obtained by having faculty members with expertise in genetic research rate and edit the questions. The questionnaire was administered to 289 participants (145 males, 144 females). The Attitudes Toward Genetic Research Questionnaire revealed seven primary factors: (a) support of genetic testing for oneself or one’s child, (b) support of genetic testing for others, (c) perceived benefits of genetic research, (d) self-assessed knowledge of genetic research, (e) belief that genes outweigh the environment in determining behavior, (f) belief that genetic research is unethical, and (g) support of federal funding for genetic research. These factors mainly supported the pre-conceived areas of assessment in such attitudes, demonstrating construct validity. One interesting finding was that older individuals were less likely to believe that genetic research was unethical, but were less likely to support funding for genetic research.

Biography

Ashley Nelson is presently a senior at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Ashley is graduating with a B.S. in Psychology in May 2010. She is currently a research assistant and will be presenting her research at the American Psychological Association Convention in August. Her future plans include attending graduate school and obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Social Sciences poster session, Second place

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

07 Apr 2010, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Joint project with Travis Gibson

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Development of a Survey Assessing Attitudes Toward Genetic Research

Upper Atrium/Hallway

This study involved the development of a comprehensive questionnaire assessing attitudes toward genetic research. Face validity was obtained by having faculty members with expertise in genetic research rate and edit the questions. The questionnaire was administered to 289 participants (145 males, 144 females). The Attitudes Toward Genetic Research Questionnaire revealed seven primary factors: (a) support of genetic testing for oneself or one’s child, (b) support of genetic testing for others, (c) perceived benefits of genetic research, (d) self-assessed knowledge of genetic research, (e) belief that genes outweigh the environment in determining behavior, (f) belief that genetic research is unethical, and (g) support of federal funding for genetic research. These factors mainly supported the pre-conceived areas of assessment in such attitudes, demonstrating construct validity. One interesting finding was that older individuals were less likely to believe that genetic research was unethical, but were less likely to support funding for genetic research.