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

Deakin, K., Moore, D. G. and Jahoda, A. (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. (doi: 10.1111/jar.12494) (PMID:29963734)

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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: (a) choice of partner for social activities, (b) sorting photographs and (c) 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:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jahoda, Professor Andrew and Deakin, Dr Karen
Authors: Deakin, K., Moore, D. G., and Jahoda, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1360-2322
ISSN (Online):1468-3148
Published Online:02 July 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 John Wiley and Sons Ltd
First Published:First published in Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 31(6): 1197-1208
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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