Studies of families of children with Down syndrome

Studies of families of children with Down syndrome show that these children benefit their families.

Dr. Brian Skotko, a clinical fellow in genetics at Children’s Hospital Boston, authored a study of 3,000 Down syndrome patients and family members published in the October edition of the American Journal of Medical GeneticsThis study found:

Among 2,044 parents or guardians surveyed, 79 percent reported their outlook on life was more positive because of their child with Down syndrome.

In addition:

Skotko also found that among siblings ages 12 and older, 97 percent expressed feelings of pride about their brother or sister with Down syndrome and 88 percent were convinced they were better people because of their sibling with Down syndrome. A third study evaluating how adults with Down syndrome felt about themselves reports 99 percent responded they were happy with their lives, 97 percent liked who they are, and 96 percent liked how they looked

Kimbery Hayes Taylor “Down Syndrome Rewards Touted as New Test Loom” NBC News 9/29/2011

Studies of families of children with Down syndrome show that these children benefit others and enjoy their own lives.

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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