Albinism in the South African Negro
III. Genetic Counselling Issues
35 albino South African subjects are comparatively analyzed with a corresponding number of non-albino South Africans. Subjects are assessed for adjustment to albinism as well as attitudes of non-albinos to persons with albinism. Authors discover that little is known about albinism as a genetic condition and conclude that public education is needed in this regard both for persons with albinism and for the society at large. Issues that might be taken into account when counselling a person with albinism are also discussed.
Jenkins, Trefor, Kromberg, Jennifer
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Albino; Albinism; Myth; Education; South Africa; Counselling; Attitude Adjustment
Journal of Biosocial Science  (1984), 16: 99 - 108

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