Thursday, August 12, 2010

Positives can outweigh negatives for new parents of Down syndrome children

Michael Cook | BioEdge

The tumultuous feelings parents have when they first learn their child will be born with Down syndrome give way to joy and resilience, according to researchers at Kansas State University and Texas Tech University. Briana Nelson Goff and Nicole Springer, both mothers of a child with Down syndrome, have based their findings on an online survey of parents.

"The goal of our study is to help parents and professionals understand that having a child with Down syndrome isn't the end of the world; it can be a very positive experience," says Dr Goff .

Initially, most parents feel deeply shocked. "The majority said it was very devastating, and went through periods of depression, grief, mourning and shock, and felt scared, angry, disappointed or helpless," Goff said. But when those feelings subsided, parents reported that raising a child with special needs was a joyful experience. Full story

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