Date of Graduation


Document Type

Thesis (MS)

Program Affiliation

Genetic Counseling

Degree Name

Masters of Science (MS)

Advisor/Committee Chair

Claire N. Singletary, MS, CGC

Committee Member

S. Shahrukh Hashmi, MD, MPH, Ph.D

Committee Member

Rebecca D. Carter, MS, CGC

Committee Member

Jennifer Lemons, MS, CGC

Committee Member

Hector Mendez-Figueroa, MD

Committee Member

Salma Nassef, MS, CGC

Committee Member

Brent W. Peery, DMin, BCC


Religion and spirituality are important components of many individuals’ lives, and spiritual needs may present among persons receiving medical care. Spirituality has been demonstrated to be significant in the coping of women experiencing pregnancy complications (Breen et al. 2006; Price et al. 2007). To characterize the manner in which prenatal genetic counselors might address spiritual issues with their patients, we surveyed 283 patients receiving prenatal genetic counseling using the Brief RCope and a series of questions that examined interest in spiritual exploration. Counselors were concurrently surveyed to identify the spiritual language used within the session and the counselor’s perceived importance of religion/spirituality to the patient. Genetic counselors were significantly more likely to identify a patient as using R/S when the patients used spiritual language (p


spirituality, prenatal genetic counseling, religion, genetics, spiritual assessment, religious coping