Identigene Finds Nearly Half of Americans Plan to Make a Major Life Change in 2014

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As 2014 gets into full swing, Psychologist Dr. Janet Taylor provides advice for those confronting major life changes this year.

While some Americans resolve to get organized or exercise more, a new survey shows that nearly half of adults (46 percent) are looking to make a “major life change” in the New Year.    

The survey was commissioned by Identigene, the commercial laboratory that created the only DNA paternity test available at drugstores and supercenters, to help identify major life changes people are making this year and how they plan to accomplish these changes. The survey shows Americans take their time before deciding to make a major life change, such as addressing a paternity issue or question, buying or building a home and getting married or divorced. Forty percent of adults who are planning to make a major life change in 2014 have been thinking about making this change for more than a year. Even so, nine out of 10 say they are nervous, on some level, about making this change.

“Rightfully so,” says Dr. Janet Taylor, psychiatrist and spokesperson for Identigene. “Changing important parts of your life can definitely be a daunting task, and feeling nervous about addressing these changes is normal.” Dr. Janet asserts that “Change is vital to personal development.” She offers some steps to help ease nervousness and build confidence to help empower people to make their desired life changes. Dr. Janet suggests, “A good first step is to put your goals in writing. Then, outline the action steps required. And consider asking the advice of a professional, for example a therapist or a financial advisor, who has experience helping others in similar situations.” Identigene offers a helpful video from Dr. Janet on the topic of making major life changes at its website,

According to the survey, 59 percent of people plan to use a friend or family member as a resource for going through a major life change. “A close friend or family member can be a great resource for emotional support during this time of change,” agrees Dr. Taylor.

In the survey, one in ten adults (10 percent) plan to address a paternity question or concern in 2014. The top four reasons were the desire for peace of mind (27 percent), finances (21 percent), child custody (21 percent) and health/medical reasons (18 percent). Although specific reasoning for addressing paternity questions or concerns varies from person to person, the benefits of confirming paternity are multifaceted and far reaching.

The survey also found that more than half (54 percent) of those looking to address a paternity issue did not know there is a 100 percent accurate DNA paternity test kit available. Identigene is the only paternity test kit available over the counter at drugstores and supercenters and can be found in over 25,000 store locations nationwide.

Identigene provides information and many resources for those with paternity questions on its website,, and through its Facebook page, http://www.facebook/identigene, and Twitter handle @Identigene. The company also provides a toll-free customer service line to help customers and answer questions regarding the test kit or the testing process.

About Identigene
Identigene, a Sorenson Genomics company, is the world’s largest provider of direct-access DNA paternity testing. Founded in 1993, Identigene was the first DNA testing laboratory in the world to commercially use modern STR technology and is the only DNA Paternity test kit trusted by America’s pharmacies. Identigene offers a full range of DNA testing services, including tests used to determine paternity, siblingship and other familial relationships, as well as DNA tests for purposes of immigration, child custody, settling estates and other family situations. Visit for more information about Identigene.

About the Identigene Paternity Survey
The Identigene Paternity Survey was conducted online 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+. Research was conducted in December 2013. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence.

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