Senior Project Advisor
Direct-to-consumer genetic tests, students, perceptions
This study is based on a classroom-use only pilot survey of college student perceptions of direct-to-consumer genetic tests. These tests can provide information about an individual’s genealogy and ancestry, as well as their medical genetic profile and genetic risk factors. The survey was designed for ease-of-use using Qualtrics (Qualtrics 2022) and distributed using anonymous links and a QR code. A total of forty complete responses were recorded during the twenty-two days the survey remained open, which were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Respondents were mainly in their late teens to early twenties, just over half identified as female, and almost three-quarters identified as white. Most students reported receiving the tests as gifts and using them to learn about genealogy and ancestry or for fun. A large portion also responded that they had previously thought about genetic privacy. Ultimately, the trends revealed by the survey created a wide variety of pathways for future research to gain more insight into how college students approach using direct-to-consumer genetic tests.
Amos, Kate, "Gifted Genes: An Investigation of College Student Perceptions of Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Kits" (2022). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 608.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Human chromosome abnormalities--Diagnosis
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