Addressing The Issues Faced By Children With Down Syndrome In Community Settings: Insights From Psychologists And Parents

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  • Aqsa Batool
  • Dr. Muhammad Javed Aftab
  • Iqra Bibi
  • Mehvish Shafiq
  • Sehrish Irshad
  • Muhammad Sohail Nawaz Laghari

Abstract

The children with Down syndrome have been facing issues in community since early in life. The current study aimed at examining the issues faced in community by children with Down syndrome from the perspectives of psychologists and parents of children with Down syndrome. The study was quantitative and based on survey method using purposive sampling. A sample of participants (n=136) including psychologists (n=72) and parents (n=64) of children with Down syndrome. The results indicated that respondents provided support to children with Down syndrome who lacked financial assistance and adequate housing and transportation facilities. Furthermore, respondents agreed that individuals with Down syndrome (CDS) experienced insults, humiliation, and harassment in the community. Individuals with Down syndrome endure frustration, feelings of shame and guilt due to mistreatment in the community. Individuals with Down syndrome faced stigma and social exclusion from the community. Furthermore, respondents agreed that individuals with Down syndrome encountered social discrimination, unequal treatment, and stereotyping. Finally, respondents supported the idea that individuals with Down syndrome are prone to anxiety and depression. The findings emphasized the urgent need for policy interventions aimed at improving the socio-economic conditions of individuals with Down syndrome (CDS). Policies addressing issues such as housing, transportation, and financial support can significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

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2024-03-14

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Batool, A. ., Aftab, D. M. J. ., Bibi, I. ., Shafiq, M. ., Irshad, S. ., & Laghari, M. S. N. . (2024). Addressing The Issues Faced By Children With Down Syndrome In Community Settings: Insights From Psychologists And Parents. Migration Letters, 21(S8), 397–407. Retrieved from https://migrationletters.com/index.php/ml/article/view/9307

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