A qualitative study exploring the attitudes toward prenatal genetic testing for autism spectrum disorders among parents of affected children in Taiwan Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018 Elsevier Ltd Background: Prenatal genetic testing (PGT) for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) raises more complex ethical, legal, and social implications in Taiwan than in Western countries due to policy-related, practical, cultural, and familial reasons. This first qualitative study examines attitudes towards PGT for ASD among Taiwanese parents of children with ASD – an elevated risk group for having another affected child, and one that is mostly likely to be impacted by PGT for ASD. Methods: We conducted in-depth, face-to-face, individual, semi-structured interviews with 39 parents of children with ASD from various ASD organizations in Taiwan. Results: Most parents favored PGT for ASD mainly for terminating the affected pregnancy and receiving early intervention and treatment. Less than one-third of participants was against PGT for ASD due to perceived no value for this testing, contradiction with religion and/or personal beliefs, doubt of the test's accuracy, or concerns about the negative consequences of the testing. Conclusion: The majority of Taiwanese parents of children with ASD in this study supported PGT for ASD. Guidelines and regulations should be developed to regulate the provision and quality of this testing. Genetic counseling should also be recommended to parents of children with ASD in Taiwan.

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhao, S., Wang, C., Huang, T., Chen, Y., Hsiao, C., Tseng, C., Xu, L., & Chen, L.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Zhao, Shixi||Wang, Chen-Hui||Huang, Tse-Yang||Chen, Yann-Jang||Hsiao, Ching-Hua||Tseng, Chie-Chien||Xu, Lei||Chen, Lei-Shih

publication date

  • April 2018