chapter  19
13 Pages

Childhood, genetics, ethics and the social context

WithPriscilla Alderson

How much do ethics and genetics have in common? This chapter suggests that current understandings of ethics and of scientific, clinical and counselling work in genetics have common characteristics. More critical awareness of these common threads, and more attention to the social context, would deepen understanding in all these disciplines and increase their efficacy. Underlying patterns of thought in social attitudes towards childhood and eugenics will be considered, to show how ethics and genetics reflect and reinforce such attitudes.