Down’s syndrome: Research Analysis

Research Analysis (30 pts)
Vignette: Joy is 22-years old and has Down’s syndrome. She completed a “certificate of attendance” but
not her high school diploma. Her IQ has been assessed at 60. She has a part-time job bagging groceries at
a local supermarket. She moved out of her parents’ house last year and into a half-way house specializing
in meeting the needs of adults with developmental challenges. Last year she and Jerry, who also has
Down’s syndrome and lives in the same facility started hanging out with each other. Six-months ago Joy
started referring to Jerry as her “boyfriend.” Last week, Jerry got down on one knee, asking Joy to be his
wife. Both of her parents forbid it; they will not allow her to get married and are seeking to block her
from legally getting married by asking the Court to remove this right from her.
Assume the role of psychologist serving as an expert witness, as this matter is now before the court.
Based on the limited information provided above and the use of at least two college-level references,
make a recommendation and be sure to provide the basis for your recommendation.
The response needs to be limited to 250-words (10% over/under).
Grading Rubric: 20 points = Diagnosis/rationale, 5 points = treatment recommendation, and 5 points =
grammar/APA format

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