A supporting role: mothers’ perceptions of their child’s developing awareness of Down syndrome

Deakin, K. and Jahoda, A. (2020) A supporting role: mothers’ perceptions of their child’s developing awareness of Down syndrome. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 33(6), pp. 1380-1389. (doi: 10.1111/jar.12765) (PMID:32715583)

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Abstract

Background: Young people with Down syndrome and their families often contend with social stigma. The present study examined this issue from their mothers' perspective. Methods: An interpretative phenomenological approach (IPA) was used to explore mothers' perceptions of their child's developing awareness of their disability and associated social stigma. Interviews were carried out with nine mothers of young people with Down syndrome aged 9–16 years old. Results: All mothers were sensitive to the stigmatized status of Down syndrome and were at pains to protect their child from becoming aware of it. Some mothers had talked about Down syndrome with their child. Other mothers carefully monitored their child for signs that they were ready to talk about it. On the surface, all mothers believed that their child had a limited insight into Down syndrome and stigma but detailed discussion revealed more complex insights. Conclusion: Mothers expressed uncertainty and anxiety about when and how to talk to their child about Down syndrome.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jahoda, Professor Andrew and Deakin, Dr Karen
Authors: Deakin, K., 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:26 July 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 33(6): 1380-1389
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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