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Children and young people with Down syndrome: their awareness of Down syndrome and developing self-perceptions

Children and young people with Down syndrome: their awareness of Down syndrome and developing self-perceptions

Deakin, Karen, Moore, Derek G. and Jahoda, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0002-3985-6098 (2018) Children and young people with Down syndrome: their awareness of Down syndrome and developing self-perceptions. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31 (6). pp. 1197-1208. ISSN 1360-2322 (Print), 1468-3148 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12494)

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Abstract

Background: Past research suggests children with Down syndrome often lack awareness of their disability despite the visibility of their condition.

Method: This study used novel tasks to investigate their insight. Twenty-eight young people with Down syndrome (aged 8-17 years) were recruited, along with control groups of 67 typically developing young people. Three tasks explored the children’s awareness of Down syndrome: i) choice of partner for social activities, ii) sorting photographs, and iii) attributing positive or negative descriptors to photographs.

Results: All participants expressed a preference to engage in social activities with typically developing peers. Most participants with Down syndrome identified with the typically developing person. Even though all participants attributed more positive descriptors to the photographs of the typically developing individuals, they remained positive about themselves.

Conclusion: The early awareness of difference shown by young people with Down Syndrome suggests this may play an important role in their developing identities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Down syndrome, self-perception, attitudes, stigma
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 11:24
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25658

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