Print Email Facebook Twitter Practical and social skills of 16–19-year-olds with Down syndrome: Independence still far away Title Practical and social skills of 16–19-year-olds with Down syndrome: Independence still far away Author van Gameren-Oosterom, H.B.M. Fekkes, M. Sijmen, A. Reijneveld, S.A. Oudesluys-Murphy, A.M. Verkerk, P.H. van Wouwe, J.P. Buitendijk, S.E. Publication year 2013 Abstract Survival of children with Down syndrome (DS) has improved considerably, but insight into their level of daily functioning upon entering adulthood is lacking. We collected cross-sectional data from a Dutch nationwide cohort of 322 DS adolescents aged 16-19 (response 62.8%) to assess the degree to which they master various practical and social skills, using the Dutch Social competence rating scale and the Children's Social Behavior Questionnaire. Up to 60% mastered some of the skills required for independent functioning, such as maintaining adequate standards of personal hygiene and preparing breakfast. Less than 10% had achieved basic skills such as basic cooking and paying in a shop. It is difficult for DS people to master all the skills necessary to live independently. Ninety percent of adolescents with DS experience significant problems in social functioning. Subject HumanCH - Child HealthBSS - Behavioural and Societal SciencesHealthy for LifeHealthHealthy LivingDown syndromeChildrenCongenital anomaliesDevelopmentDown syndromeIndependenceIntellectual disabilityPractical daily skillsSocial functioningSocial skillsSocio-cognitive abilitiesTrisomy 21 To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:20078346-4d55-4be5-bed7-3d48fd1b1978 DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2013.09.041 TNO identifier 482696 Source Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34 (12), 4599-4607 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.