Families of Children with Down's Syndrome
A study into the effects of poverty on parents with children with Down's Syndrome and other stress factors placed on these families.
# 7220 | 3,700 words | 20 sources | APA | 2002 |
Published on Feb 06, 2003 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Therapies) , Sociology (Welfare)
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A paper which identifies the stress placed on families of children with Down's Syndrome. It identifies the stressors specifically identified with having a Down's Syndrome child in contrast to the normal stresses associated with parenting a normal child. The study determines whether the parents of Down's Syndrome children experience greater levels, more frequent or more chronic stress symptoms than parents of normal children. The study examines the effects of poverty on both the parents of normal and Down's Syndrome Children. The study examines the effects that these stresses are likely to have on the family and outcomes of the handicapped child. It focuses on the stresses associated with families of low socio-economic status who have Down's Syndrome children. The author offers suggestions as to the types of programs, which may be helpful to improving the outcomes for both the children and their families. It offers suggestions as to how to help these families gain better access to education and services tailored to their specific needs.
From the Paper:"Many factors have been shown to affect the ability of the family to adapt to changes and stress, such as the birth of a handicapped child. Research by Flaherty (2000) investigated adjustment in mothers and fathers rearing children with Down’s syndrome. He compared families who had a Down’s syndrome child by birth with families who had knowingly adopted a child with Down’s syndrome. He surmised that the families who adopted children with Down’s Syndrome were more likely to be well-adjusted. Actual results, however, demonstrated that birth mothers and fathers were functioning quite similarly to adoptive mothers and fathers on the outcome variables. Overall, birth as well as adoptive families appeared to be adjusting well to the challenges of rearing a child with Down syndrome. (Flaherty, 2000). This study would lead us to believe that stresses are the same whether the situation was a surprise or expected."
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