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Stress and coping in parents of children with down syndrome

12 December 2003


The effects of raising a child with Down Syndrome are of interest to parents and professionals alike. The picture of those effects has become more complicated as services for Down Syndrome children and their families has increased. A body of research has emerged which supports the perhaps counterintuitive idea that parenting a child with Down Syndrome produces levels of stress at or below that of parents raising children with normal development. Factors related to the child, parents, and the act of parenting combine to create each family's unique experience. However, the role each feature plays has not been explicitly defined. Through a review of recent publications, the current picture of raising a child with Down Syndrome will be discussed and suggestions for future research will be made.


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