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ERIC Number: EJ800209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-8017
Stability and Change in Health, Functional Abilities, and Behavior Problems among Adults with and without Down Syndrome
Esbensen, Anna J.; Seltzer, Marsha Mailick; Krauss, Marty Wyngaarden
American Journal on Mental Retardation, v113 n4 p263-277 Jul 2008
Changes in health, functional abilities, and behavior problems among 150 adults with Down syndrome and 240 adults with mental retardation due to other causes were examined with seven assessments over a 9-year period. Adults were primarily younger than 40, the age at which declines begin to be evident in individuals with Down syndrome. Adults with Down syndrome were advantaged in their functional abilities and lack of behavior problems, comparable in health, and exhibited comparable rates of change on these measures as adults with mental retardation due to other causes. Placement out of the parental home and parental death were predictors of change in health, functional abilities, and behavior problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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