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ERIC Number: ED558384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 178
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3032-4087-4
Fathers' Experiences after Their Child Has Been Diagnosed with Down Syndrome: A Phenomenological Study
Fleming, Sherry A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Expectant parents often unknowingly assume that they will give birth to a healthy child without complications. The postnatal diagnosis of a disability such as Down syndrome is often a stressful, unexpected, and surprising event (Gilmore & Cuskelly, 2012; Shur, Marion, & Gross, 2006). Down syndrome is the most common birth defect diagnosed in newborns (Center for Disease Control, 2012). Little research has been conducted on how fathers perceived receiving a postnatal diagnosis that their child has Down syndrome. This qualitative study explored fathers' perceptions of what it was like to receive an unexpected postnatal diagnosis that their child has Down syndrome. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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