Hope and Despair in Pandora's Box: Perceiving Reproductive Reward and Risk of Genetics Technologies and Information
African American and white women (N = 39) were interviewed about reproductive rewards and risks regarding genetics information and technologies. Analysis of their talk reflected several important themes. Emergent “reward” themes included the would-be parents' reproductive decision-making, preparation, and prevention. “Risk” themes, which were more predominant than reward themes, included genetic information as stress producing, “child-designing” as a likely outcome, and the creation of a superior race as probable. Findings are discussed within a Problematic Integration Theory framework.
Dorgan, Kelly A.; Williams, Sandra L.; Parrott, Roxanne L.; and Harris, Tina M.. 2003. Hope and Despair in Pandora's Box: Perceiving Reproductive Reward and Risk of Genetics Technologies and Information. Women's Studies in Communication. Vol.26(1). 88-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/07491409.2003.10162453 ISSN: 0749-1409