Relinquishment of infants with Down syndrome in Israel: trends by time

Siegal Sadetzki, Angela Chetrit, Edna Akstein, Lital Keinan, Osnat Luxenburg, B. Modan

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To assess factors affecting parental relinquishment of infants with Down syndrome, we conducted a nationwide cohort study of infants with Down syndrome who were born in Israel during 1979-1983 and 1987-1991. Overall relinquishment rate was 25%. Major factors affecting relinquishment were mother's age, birth order, infant's health status, and study periods. A decision to relinquish a newborn infant in the hospital is probably based on a combination of several parameters, such as the economic status of the family, social mores, and religious beliefs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-485
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2000


  • Attitude
  • Child, Unwanted
  • Cohort Studies
  • Disabled Children
  • Down Syndrome/epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Israel/epidemiology
  • Maternal Age
  • Parents/psychology
  • Patient Care/trends
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Time Factors


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