Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1752-1758

Community attitude toward psychosocial support for Down’s syndrome in Saudi Arabia

Authors: Ahmed Abdulbasit Bukhari, Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi, Norah Kaleed Alosimi, Rawan Marzouq Altowairqi, Faten Ahmed Kaabi.

ABSTRACT

Background: Down’s syndrome is a common chromosomal disease that can result in a significant intellectual disability and growth retardations. However, this suffering can be significantly improved by increasing the general public’s awareness of the disease. This survey analysis aimed to evaluate the Saudi community’s attitude toward support provided to patients with Down’s syndrome. Methodology: This cross-sectional qualitative study was conducted in Taif University, Saudi Arabia, from May to June 2020 through an online questionnaire to the general public. The survey included questions on respondents’ demographic data, kind of support provided to Down’s syndrome, and responders’ attitude toward Down’s syndrome patients and their involvement in the community. Results: A total of 1,954 participants responded to this survey. Respondents aware of Down’s syndrome previously were 97%, whereas 25.4% had a relative with Down’s syndrome, and 68.5% responded that the society is not aware of how to deal with such patients. The average score for community awareness was 6.23 ± 1.27. The attitude showed a significant correlation with educational level with the best perception in individuals with a postgraduate degree (p-value = 0.02). Participants living in the Southern region showed a significantly better attitude compared to other areas (p-value < 0.001), and those who heard previously about Down’s syndrome had a significantly higher perception (p-value = 0.015). Conclusion: The awareness of the Saudi community toward Down’s syndrome is considered to be satisfactory. The higher levels of education are related to better attitudes toward Down’s syndrome.

Keywords:
Attitude, psychosocial support, Down’s syndrome, Saudi Arabia.


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Community attitude toward psychosocial support for Down’s syndrome in Saudi Arabia


Authors
Ahmed Abdulbasit Bukhari
Assistant Professor, Department of family and preventive medicine, College of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi
Intern, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Norah Kaleed Alosimi
Medical Student, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Rawan Marzouq Altowairqi
Medical Student, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Faten Ahmed Kaabi
Intern, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi, Intern, Taif University, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.; alaaalmashaikhi@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 27 Aug 2020
Accepted 15 Sep 2020
Published online 26 Oct 2020
Published in print 05 Nov 2020

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Bukhari AA, Mashaikhi AAA, Alosimi NK, Altowairqi RM, Kaabi FA. Community attitude toward psychosocial support for Down’s syndrome in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1752-1758. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598356393


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Bukhari AA, Mashaikhi AAA, Alosimi NK, Altowairqi RM, Kaabi FA. Community attitude toward psychosocial support for Down’s syndrome in Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=128646 [Access: January 24, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598356393


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Bukhari AA, Mashaikhi AAA, Alosimi NK, Altowairqi RM, Kaabi FA. Community attitude toward psychosocial support for Down’s syndrome in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1752-1758. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598356393


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Bukhari AA, Mashaikhi AAA, Alosimi NK, Altowairqi RM, Kaabi FA. Community attitude toward psychosocial support for Down’s syndrome in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited January 24, 2021]; 4(11): 1752-1758. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598356393


Harvard Style

Bukhari, A. A., Mashaikhi, . A. A. A., Alosimi, . N. K., Altowairqi, . R. M. & Kaabi, . F. A. (2020) Community attitude toward psychosocial support for Down’s syndrome in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (11), 1752-1758. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598356393


Turabian Style

Bukhari, Ahmed Abdulbasit, Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi, Norah Kaleed Alosimi, Rawan Marzouq Altowairqi, and Faten Ahmed Kaabi. 2020. Community attitude toward psychosocial support for Down’s syndrome in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (11), 1752-1758. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598356393


Chicago Style

Bukhari, Ahmed Abdulbasit, Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi, Norah Kaleed Alosimi, Rawan Marzouq Altowairqi, and Faten Ahmed Kaabi. "Community attitude toward psychosocial support for Down’s syndrome in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 1752-1758. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598356393


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Bukhari, Ahmed Abdulbasit, Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi, Norah Kaleed Alosimi, Rawan Marzouq Altowairqi, and Faten Ahmed Kaabi. "Community attitude toward psychosocial support for Down’s syndrome in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.11 (2020), 1752-1758. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598356393


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Bukhari, A. A., Mashaikhi, . A. A. A., Alosimi, . N. K., Altowairqi, . R. M. & Kaabi, . F. A. (2020) Community attitude toward psychosocial support for Down’s syndrome in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (11), 1752-1758. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598356393


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