Down Syndrome Research

Stress and Development in Children with Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21 / 47,XY,+21 / 47,XX,+21) and their Families

BiochemistryLabWork_small.JPGDr. Elliott Beaton and his colleagues are conducting an important research study into how stress may affect long-term development in children with Down syndrome (trisomy 21) at the Department of Psychology at the University of New Orleans. Stress and emotions in children with Down syndrome Children with Down syndrome and their families often deal with medical issues and illness, trouble with schoolwork, and difficulties interacting with peers and family. We are interested in learning more about early experience, emotions like anxiety, and stress on development in children with Down syndrome. The findings from this study may help us learn more about factors that contribute to the increased risk that people with Down syndrome have for serious disorders later in life, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Health and well-being in parents of children with Down syndrome.

We are also very interested in how parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders are doing in terms of their health and well-being. Caring for children with special needs can be very challenging for parents and caregivers. Sometimes family members might have different opinions and expectations about a child’s behavior and well-being too. Through our research, we will be able to learn more about how behavior and emotions in children affect health and well-being in parents and vice versa.