Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

David Carscaddon

Abstract

Down syndrome is a condition that carries with it a negative stigma and many negative assumptions. The advancement of the medical community has begun to allow expectant parents to anticipate whether their child will have Down syndrome. However, in recent years mothers are using the results of prenatal tests as a deciding factor to decide if they will continue the pregnancy. The negative stigma associated with Down syndrome has transformed into a discrimination against people with Down syndrome. There are many influencing factors that affect the decision-making process of expectant mothers. The decision to terminate one’s pregnancy is not made in isolation; everyone is affected by their environment. The decision of mothers to selectively abort unborn children with Down syndrome will not be changed until the environment the mothers live in changes.

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