Maternal Consequences of the Detection of Fragile X Carriers in Newborn Screening

Bailey, D. B., Wheeler, A., Berry-Kravis, E., Hagerman, R., Tassone, F., Powell, C. M., Roche, M., Gane, L. W., & Sideris, J.
2015

From the abstract: "The possibility of newborn screening for fragile X syndrome is complicated by the potential for identifying premutation carriers. Although knowing the child’s carrier status has potential benefits, the possibility of late-onset disorders in carrier children and their parents raises concerns about whether such information would be distressing to parents and potentially more harmful than helpful. This study sought to answer this question by offering voluntary fragile X screening to new parents and returning results for both the full mutation and premutation FMR1 gene expansions. We tested the assumption that such information could lead to adverse mental health outcomes or decision regret. We also wanted to know if child age and spousal support were associated with the outcomes of interest."

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Citation: Bailey, D. B., Wheeler, A., Berry-Kravis, E., Hagerman, R., Tassone, F., Powell, C. M., . . . Sideris, J. (2015). Maternal consequences of the detection of Fragile X carriers in newborn screening. Pediatrics, 136, e433-e440.
DOI: 0.1542/peds.2015-0414