Chapter 16. Life Issues of Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome

  1. William I. Cohen2,
  2. Lynn Nadel3 and
  3. Myra E. Madnick4
  1. Dennis E. McGuire Ph.D. and
  2. Brian A. Chicoine M.D.

Published Online: 21 MAR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0471227579.ch16

Down Syndrome: Visions for the 21st Century

Down Syndrome: Visions for the 21st Century

How to Cite

McGuire, D. E. and Chicoine, B. A. Life Issues of Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome, in Down Syndrome: Visions for the 21st Century (eds W. I. Cohen, L. Nadel and M. E. Madnick), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471227579.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Child Development Unit, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

  2. 3

    Department of Psychology, University of Arizona

  3. 4

    National Down Syndrome Society

Author Information

  1. Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2003
  2. Published Print:

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471418153

Online ISBN: 9780471227571

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Keywords:

  • adaptive living skills;
  • developmental disability profile;
  • assessing independence;
  • assessing skill loss;
  • health screening for people with Down syndrome

Summary

Developing adaptive living skills is critical to an independent lifestyle for adults with Down syndrome. Key skills include expressive language, a belief system grounded in self-esteem and self-acceptance, social skills and mental/behavioral flexibility. A healthy lifestyle also includes proper nutrition and exercise, health screening, preventive measures and treatment when necessary. Factors contributing to positive mental health include good communication skills, appropriate living arrangements, and occupational and recreational opportunities.