Skip to main content
Contribution to Book
Down Syndrome and Sexuality
Adolescence and Chronic Illness. A Public Health Concern
  • Maria José Carvalho Sant'Anna, Faculty of Medical Sciences Santa Casa, Brazil
  • Bruna Marques Bononi, Faculty of Medical Sciences Santa Casa, Brazil
  • André Chao Vasconcellos de Oliveira, Faculty of Medical Sciences Santa Casa, Brazil
  • Tadeu Silveira Renattini, Faculty of Medical Sciences Santa Casa, Brazil
  • Carla Franchi Pinto, Faculty of Medical Sciences Santa Casa, Brazil
  • Maria Lucia Passarelli, Faculty of Medical Sciences Santa Casa, Brazil
  • Veronica Coates, Faculty of Medical Sciences Santa Casa, Brazil
  • Hatim A. Omar, University of Kentucky
Abstract

In recent years important gains and changes have been observed in the life of teenagers with Down syndrome (DS) with increased inclusion into society. This chapter will discuss adolescence and sexuality in teenagers with DS from a descriptive study of 50 patients with DS between the ages of 10 and 20 years. The mean age was 13.5 years, 50% females. 86% went to school with 62.2% in school for over six years. Of the patients that attended school, 60% went to special education school and only 10% read and wrote correctly. In evaluation of autonomy, 66% took shower, 78% performed their physiological needs, 77% intimate hygiene and 76% oral hygiene without help. 42% affirmed being able to do anything that is asked; 22% perform all tasks in the home; 10% felt they were incapable of doing anything and 4% used public transportation without help. 42% of the teenagers masturbated, 24% on a daily basis, 75% in private, and 25% in a public location. 42% had already kissed at a mean age of 12.9 years, mean age of the partner 16.1 years; 26.8% of these partners had DS. 82% found themselves attractive and 33% would not change anything in their appearance. We found that they presented normal development in the exercise of their sexuality, but with important difficulties in their autonomy and difficulties in school, needing careful interventions in order to make their social interaction the best possible. Their pubertal development was normal and they were satisfied with their body image with future perspectives of working, finding a partner and living a normal life getting married and having children.

Document Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Disciplines
Notes/Citation Information

Published in Adolescence and Chronic Illness. A Public Health Concern, Hatim Omar, Donald E. Greydanus, Dilip R. Patel, & Joav Merrick (Eds.), p. 283-290.

©2010 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

The copyright holder has granted permission for posting the chapter here.

Citation Information
Maria José Carvalho Sant'Anna, Bruna Marques Bononi, André Chao Vasconcellos de Oliveira, Tadeu Silveira Renattini, et al.. "Down Syndrome and Sexuality" Adolescence and Chronic Illness. A Public Health Concern (2010) p. 283 - 290
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/hatim_omar/168/