Perspectives on intimate relationships and self-determination in young adults with Down syndrome


Advocate Aurora Health, Park Ridge

Presentation Notes

Presented at American Occupational Therapy Association, INSPIRE Conference; April 1, 2022; San Antonio, Texas.


Intimate relationships are significantly associated with quality of life for young people with Down syndrome (DS). These relationships are a facet of social participation within the scope of OT practice that is not often addressed in practice. This descriptive study explores self-determination and perceptions of intimate relationships from the perspective of young adults with DS (ages 18-30 years) and their caregivers. Implications of findings for OT practice are discussed. Primary Author and Speaker: Katherine Williams Contributing Authors: Evguenia Popova, Katie Frank

Document Type