This study aimed to obtain information about the thoughts of young adults with Down
syndrome through interviews of them.
The numbers of participants were 4 and 7 in order to group interviews and individual
interviews. They were recruited through the local Association of Parents of Down syndrome.
The study incorporated a qualitative descriptive exploratory design to clarify the
actual conditions of the lives young adults with Down syndrome and their own thoughts.
Through analysis, six themes emerged: 1) thoughts about work, 2) existence of friends,
3) how to spend leisure time, 4) meaning of disability, 5) relationships with people,
and 6) future dreams.
1) Although young adults with Down syndrome are serious about their work, it is difficult
for them to make friends at work. However, they recognized people at work as their
comrades and were encouraged by being spoken to by these people.
2) Although they had few opportunities to engage in activities with their friends,
they looked forward to the contact with their friends.
3) In their leisure time, they often spent time alone, listening to CDs, or watching
4) Four of the participants knew that they had Down syndrome, but they did not deny