Family matters: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the family.

  • Olson H
  • Oti R
  • Gelo J
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Abstract

Information about "family matters" is vital to developing targeted interventions, reducing placement disruption, and enhancing outcome in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The quality of the caregiving environment and family function are associated with long-term outcome in natural history study of individuals with FASD. This article integrates multiple information sources to better understand the role of family factors in the outcome of individuals with FASD, and how the family is affected by raising a child with this lifelong condition. A brief description of the useful informal literature is brought together with a review of the surprisingly limited body of systematic research findings on FASD and caregiver/family function, and new data describing children with FASD and characteristics of their caregivers. Directions for future data-gathering and intervention development emerge from combining what is already known with an exploration of what can be learned from a highly targeted review of family-related data in the wide-ranging, general literature on developmental disabilities, and use of a proposed conceptual framework that joins a developmental systems perspective with a family systems approach.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Adolescent
  • Adoption
  • Adoption: psychology
  • Caregivers
  • Caregivers: psychology
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders
  • Child Behavior Disorders: diagnosis
  • Child Behavior Disorders: psychology
  • Child Behavior Disorders: therapy
  • Community Health Services
  • Cost of Illness
  • Education
  • Executive Function
  • Female
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: diagnosis
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: psychology
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: therapy
  • Foster Home Care
  • Foster Home Care: psychology
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Newborn
  • Parenting
  • Parenting: psychology
  • Pregnancy
  • Preschool
  • Psychological
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Social Environment
  • Systems Theory
  • Treatment Outcome

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Authors

  • H Olson

  • R Oti

  • J Gelo

  • S Beck

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