In Canada (and many other countries), women of childbearing age (i.e., between the ages 18 and 35) are consuming more alcohol than ever before. Despites the potential health and social consequences associated with alcohol consumption, its use is increasingly being normalized as part of a stress management regime to cope with day-to-day life.
There have been many studies on youth transitioning out of the foster care system. Yet, little research has focused on transition-aged youth who have disabilities. Researchers suggest that youth with developmental disabilities who live in the foster system and ‘age out’ have increased risks and vulnerabilities, such as problematic drug and alcohol use, homelessness, poverty, chronic medical conditions, and criminal justice involvement.
This Article Summary is part of our CanFASD Connect Top Articles Summary Series. Over the next several months, we will be bringing you summaries of all the recent research papers from our list of the Top FASD Articles of 2019. This is an overview of a recent research paper called Collaborative Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention: Principles for Enacting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action #33.
Documenting if women who gave birth to children with FASD had access to adequate prenatal health care is the first step in understanding the role that these services play in helping to reduce prenatal alcohol exposure. However, few studies have investigated the rates of prenatal care use by women who have given birth to children with FASD.
Although health care professionals in maternity care settings play a major role in screening, researchers have shown that this screening is not consistently occurring. Existing research has identified some of the barriers that women who are pregnant face when accessing prenatal care, however, very little research has been done to explore the barriers that primary care workers face when providing care.
Many behavioural interventions have been developed aimed at reducing alcohol and illicit drug use among women of childbearing age. However, these traditional interventions are not always effective. Technology-based interventions (TBIs) have many advantages over traditional interventions.There is growing evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of TBIs in changing health behaviours, but it is unclear whether TBIs are useful in preventing or reducing substance use.
Researchers from CanFASD and other partner organizations have recently published a new paper on FASD and early life adversity called Characterizing Adverse Childhood Experiences among Children and Adolescents with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. You can access the paper for free until February 19th. FASD and Adversity Individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and FASD experience brain-based … Read More