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PORTES, João Rodrigo Maciel; VIEIRA, Mauro Luis; FARACO, Ana Maria Xavier  and  NUERNBERG, Adriano Henrique. Parental beliefs about children with Down syndrome. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.69, n.3, pp. 208-223. ISSN 1809-5267.

The objective of this research is to investigate the beliefs about care practices that parents have about their children with Down Syndrome. 24 mothers and 19 fathers of children with DS participated in the study. Children had an average age of 22 months. Parental Beliefs Scale, Care Practices and a sociodemographic questionnaire were the tools used. Data were analyzed using statistical analysis of descriptive and parametric tests. Results revealed that there are specificities from the father and mother in the care for the children. Mothers perform more primary care practices than fathers, although both parents emphasize this practice when compared to the stimulation practices. These results are discussed in terms of characteristics of child development associated with the environmental and cultural context.

Keywords : Down syndrome; Childrearing practices; Parents.

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