‘Family ties in genes and stories: The importance of value and recognition in the narratives people tell of family’.

Ethics of Family network member Janice McLaughlin recently did a Radio Interview discussing some of her research on family. The podcast is available here is from Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed series, 1st of April 2015.  The interview focused on a recent paper in Sociological Review titled ‘Family ties in genes and stories: The importance of value and recognition in the narratives people tell of family’.

The paper discusses the experiences of families who have a child referred to a genetics clinic due to developmental issues that remain undiagnosed.  The genetic exploration can involve taking family histories and it is this opening up of family pasts the paper explored and is discussed in the Radio 4 interview. The research was funded by the ESRC and the full team were Emma Clavering, Michael Wright and Erica Haimes. The project, including a report for families and practitioners, can be found here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/peals/research/project/2745

The paper is open access can be found here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-954X.12223/full