- This study looks at the issue of the social lives of adults with Down syndrome who are living at home with their parents.
- Sometimes, for the very best of reasons, the parents of adults with Down syndrome try to prevent their adult son or daughter with Down syndrome from going out on their own, from having a boyfriend or a girlfriend etc.
- In this study, I talk to a group of parents about how they feel when they think about the kind of social life their sons and daughters with Down syndrome have.
- For example, I ask them are they happy with the amount of friends that their son or daughter has, whether their son or daughter has a boyfriend or girlfriend, whether they would like to see their son or daughter get married etc.
- Because of the role played by parents in the social lives of their intellectually disabled adult son or daughter, it is very important for everybody concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by adults with an intellectual disability to understand why their parents think and act the way they do.