Research Article
Volume 9 Issue 3 - 2020
Meanings of Sexuality for Adolescents with Down Syndrome
Manuelle De Araújo Holanda1*, Mayara Francelle Oliveira Barata1, Lygia Maria Pereira Da Silva2 and Sandra Conceição Maria Vieira1
1Faculty of Dentistry, University of Pernambuco (FOP/UPE), Camaragibe, PE, Brazil
2Faculty of Nursing Our Lady of Graces (FENSG/UPE), Recife, PE, Brazil
*Corresponding Author: Manuelle De Araújo Holanda, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Pernambuco (FOP/UPE), Camaragibe, PE, Brazil.
Received: December 17, 2019; Published: February 29, 2020


The sexuality of young people with Down syndrome is still seen with discrimination, prejudice, stigma and fear. This study aimed to identify the meanings attributed by adolescents with Down syndrome to their own sexuality. The sample consisted of 15 adolescents with Down syndrome in the age group 15 - 24. Data collection was based on semi-structured interviews in five non-governmental organizations, in the city of Recife, Pernambuco. The results indicated that the participants were satisfied with their body image, without any kind of restriction or inhibition. For these participants dating is synonymous with a committed relationship, at the same time as the sexuality was seen as manifestations of intimacy, body touches and dialogue. In a general context, adolescents with Down syndrome expressed their sexuality in the same way as most adolescents without Down syndrome.

Keywords: Sexuality; Youth; Down Syndrome; Perception


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Citation: Manuelle De Araújo Holanda., et al. “Meanings of Sexuality for Adolescents with Down Syndrome”. EC Paediatrics 9.3 (2020): 01-09.

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