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Paediatr Nurs. 2006 May;18(4):29-32.

Experiences of mothers of children with Down syndrome.

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  • 1Dokuz Eyl├╝l University School of Nursing, Izmir, Turkey.


This qualitative study explored the experiences and lifestyles of families in Turkey with children with Down syndrome, including the impact on family members. Twelve mothers with a Down syndrome child (three from each of the age groups 1-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-12 years and 13-18 years of age) participated in the study. The data were collected during in-depth interviews and were evaluated using qualitative data analysis methods. Families were affected socially, physically, economically and emotionally by having a child with Down syndrome.

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