The effect of values and secularism on attitude towards pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of embryos

Di Marco, G, Hichy, Z, Coen, S ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4632-1929 and Rodriguez-Espartal, N 2018, 'The effect of values and secularism on attitude towards pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of embryos' , Social Sciences, 7 (11) , p. 216.

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Abstract

In this study we tested the associations of four high-order values (openness to change, self-transcendence, conservation, and self-enhancement, devised according to Schwartz’s model) and secularism of state with individuals’ attitude towards pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of embryos. Moreover, we tested the mediating effects of secularism of state on the relationship between values and attitude towards this issue related to embryos. Participants were 289 Spaniards who completed a questionnaire. Results showed that attitude towards pre-implantation genetic diagnosis was negatively affected by conservation and positively by self-transcendence. Moreover, results indicated that attitude towards a secular state positively correlates with attitude towards pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. Finally, results showed that secularism mediated the effects of conservation and self-transcendence, but not the effect of openness to change and self-enhancement on attitude towards pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. Taken together, results of this study suggest that people adopting values emphasizing the defence of the tradition reject pre-implantation genetic diagnosis because they want state laws to represent religious traditional values; on the other hand, people endorsing values emphasising the welfare of all accept pre-implantation genetic diagnosis because they want state laws to be free from religious values.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Social Sciences
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2076-0760
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Depositing User: S Coen
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 11:00
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2018 02:34
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/48839

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