Issue Paper: The Efficacy of Warning Labels on Alcohol Containers for FASD Prevention

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Organizations and countries around the world have developed a number of prevention strategies to reduce the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Alcohol warning labels are becoming an increasingly common prevention strategy. However, research is mixed on whether this approach is an effective means of FASD prevention.

Article Summary: Neurocognitive functioning in young offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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Background Without proper support and intervention, individuals with FASD are at risk for adverse outcomes such as disrupted school experience, mental health issues, inappropriate behavior, substance use and involvement with the justice system. Along with neurocognitive impairment experienced by those with FASD, environmental factors such as neglect, abuse and poverty increase one’s risk of such adverse outcomes. The high rate … Read More

Article Summary: Experiences of living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative data

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There is limited research on caregivers’ experiences of raising children with FASD, and even fewer studies that focus on the lived experiences of individuals with FASD. Providing these individuals with opportunities to voice their perspectives on how they manage the challenges of daily life is important for understanding disability, and ultimately for improving supports and quality of life for individuals … Read More

Article Summary: Sleep Health Issues for Children with FASD: Clinical Considerations (2010)

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Sleep issues in FASD have not received much attention in the research world. Problems with sleep for people with FASD may begin in early infancy and often persist into adulthood. Authors: James E. Jan, Kwadwo O. Asante, Julianne L. Conry, Diane K. Fast, Martin C. O. Bax, Osman S. Ipsiroglu, Elizabeth Bredberg, Christine A. Loock, and Michael B. Wasdell Journal: … Read More

Article Summary: Housing Interventions for Homeless, Pregnant, and Parenting Women

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Housing interventions for homeless, pregnant/parenting women with addictions: A systematic review  Journal: Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless Authors: Jessica Krahn, Vera Caine, Jean Chaw-Kent, and Ameeta Singh This article reviews the literature on the issues facing homeless women and examines whether housing interventions demonstrate an impact for homeless, pregnant/parenting women with addictions.  First, here is what the Canadian Observatory … Read More

Article Summary: Post-incarceration Experiences of Adults with FASD & Mental Illness

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Please note: In an earlier version of this post, Dr. Melissa Stoops was incorrectly listed as a student researcher. Dr. Melissa Stoops is a health researcher with a background in anthropology, community health, and epidemiology. Her research interests include population health, social perceptions and lived experiences of health and wellness, and health services and policies. The lived experience of paroled offenders … Read More

Article Summary: Fathers’ Role in Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies

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We received a reader question about the effect of fathers’ alcohol use on child outcomes. Luckily, there was a review article published in 2016 on this very topic (included in our Top 20 FASD Articles of 2016). The CanFASD Prevention Network Action Team blog Girls, Women, Alcohol, and Pregnancy also highlighted the article in their post Alcohol and FASD: It’s not just … Read More

Just Published: Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for FASD in Canada

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We’re highlighting a brand new article published by two of CanFASD’s research leads (Dr. Jacqueline Pei and Dr. Nancy Poole), CanFASD Executive Director (Audrey McFarlane), and two University of Alberta PhD students (Melissa Tremblay and Allison McNeil). Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for FASD in Canada is part of a special issue in the Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology covering … Read More