March 1, 2016

Janet Taylor, MD Feedback from TappMD Expert
Janet Taylor, MD
How to overcome the negative stigma that comes with paternity testing
Everyone knows the classic love story. Man and woman fall in love, get married, have a baby and live happily ever after. However, real life isn’t always the fairy tale. Romantic relationships can go wrong for a multitude of reasons, including jealousy, infidelity, distrust and the list goes on. The break-up can be even more traumatic when there is a child involved. Sometimes a woman might even find herself questioning the paternity of that child and not knowing where to turn.

While there can be a negative stigma often associated with paternity testing, finding out the truth can offer emotional, financial and health benefits to parents and children. If you are a woman who has questions about the paternity of your child, try to keep the below advice in mind while confronting the issue.

You are not alone

The situation is more common than you might think. A recent survey found that one in five Americans (or 20 percent) said that they, or a close friend or family member, have questioned paternity.* It doesn’t just happen to wild, promiscuous women. Paternity questions can affect everyone.

The truth can set you free

The first step to resolving the issue is being honest – both with yourself and with the man involved. The earlier you can put the opinions or accusations of friends and family, and your own guilt, to rest, the more confident you will be moving forward with your life. Admitting that you have paternity questions is hard, but taking the steps to find out the truth can be empowering.

Remember to focus on the child

Having both biological parents involved in a child’s life is so important to the child’s health and well-being. According to researchers, children who live without their biological fathers are, on average, two to three times more likely to be poor, use drugs and experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems. Knowing one’s father is also important for medical reasons. Many times children are predisposed to certain medical conditions that can be traced back from their mother and father. Knowing your parents’ health history is essential to identifying some common diseases or disorders.

Taking a test is easy

Thanks to today’s technology, taking a paternity test can be fast, affordable and convenient. Identigene offers a DNA paternity test kit that is sold in drug stores and supercenters and is 100 percent accurate. The kit collects DNA samples by a simple cheek swab, making the process easy and painless. You can learn more at www.DNAtesting.com.


About the Survey

  • The Identigene Paternity Survey was conducted online in December 2011 with a random sample of 1039 men and women aged 18+., all members of the Impulse Research proprietary online panel.
  • The Impulse Research proprietary online panel closely matches US population demographics and the respondents are representative of men and women aged 18+.
  • The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence.

 

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Janet Taylor, MD

Dr. Janet Taylor is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City, the Bronx and Queens. The practice of Community Mental Health is extremely rewarding to Dr. Taylor, because "being on the frontline with individuals and their families battling the emotional and economic impact of Mental Illness is where I can make a difference". She attended the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky for Undergraduate and Medical School. An internship in Internal Medicine at the Miriam Hospital-Brown University followed. Her psychiatric residency was completed at New York Medical College -Westchester Medical Center. She received a Master’s of Public Health in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from Columbia University. She was a recipient of the 2008 Woman in Medicine Award (National Medical Association- Council of Women’s Concerns).

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    Thank you for bringing attention to the stigma sometimes surrounding paternity testing; especially for women. Our client support staff is available M-F 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET 1-888-404-4363. We can help!

  • Robert Parent

    The phenomena of an adult child discovering that he or she is not who they thought they were is a devastating event. After I discovered my own true identity, I witnessed the destruction of three families. At the center of that storm was me, and I was feebly trying to comprehend what just happened. The importance of paternal transparency cannot be overstated.

    When this is a secret kept or if the uncertainty is ignored, the child suffers. Further, if the truth is exposed later in life, entire families are thrown into chaos. It is in the child’s best interest to know their their true lineage. In my opinion it is a human right.

    I have interviewed many dozens of people who suddenly found out that they were not the biological child of the man they thought was their father. I created a website for it too. The quest for identity for people like us is not a light subject, and the consequences of such a search should never be so heavy. It only becomes heavy for the child when that uncertainty is ignored, or kept secret from them.

    It is simply wrong to ignore the solution to this issue. DNA testing is not only affordable, but is also necessary, with even the slightest doubt of true paternity. It is the child’s right.