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CUNHA, Aldine Maria Fernandes Vohlk; BLASCOVI-ASSIS, Silvana Maria  and  FIAMENGHI JR, Geraldo Antonio. Impact of delivering the news about Down syndrome on parents: life stories. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.2, pp.445-451. ISSN 1413-8123.

This paper aimed to know and discuss a group of parents of Down syndrome children reactions and feelings and the impact of the news and diagnostic. Four couples whose children received the diagnostic of Down syndrome participated in this research. Data were collected through a semi-structured interview and the results were qualitatively analyzed, using categories. Results indicated that all four couples relate the feeling of loss of the idealized son. It can be observed from this study the need for professional capacitating because the impact of the moment the family receive the news can interfere in the family's dynamic, as well as in the child's development.

Keywords : Down syndrome; Family; News.

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