An assessment of the cognitive understandings, value stances, and educational needs relative to advances in human genetics and related biomedical technology of eighty-nine attorneys from east-central Indiana

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Wallace, Marcia
Mertens, Thomas Robert, 1930-
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Thesis (M.S.)--Ball State University, 1981.
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The research reported in this thesis attempted to determine how much attorneys know about genetic principles underlying legal/genetic issues which arise from advances in biomedical technology. An author-developed questionnaire was sent to 200 East-Central Indiana lawyers, 89 of whom responded. The questionnaire consisted of three parts: 1) a cognitive component, which attempted to determine how much the lawyers knew about genetics, 2) a values component, which provided insight into the values stances of the attorneys with respect to human genetic and reproductive problems, and 3) a section which was designed to determine the lawyers needs for continuing education programs concerned with human genetics and reproduction.The attorneys did not appear to be well informed about genetic advances which create legal/genetic problems. The respondents felt that attorneys have a responsibility to keep abreast of genetic advances so they can accurately advise their clients.Ball State UniversityMuncie, IN 47306