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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Adults: Ethical and Legal Perspectives: An Overview on FASD for Professionals

Edited by: Monty Nelson, Marguerite Trussler

ISBN13: 9783319208657
Published: August 2015
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00

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This book discusses and provides insight on the legal and ethical dilemmas of managing those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

This book provides a clear perspective for those clinicians and legal professionals who are working with those with this disorder, and correspondingly increases their understanding when arranging effective supports for this population. Historically, the primary focus on FASD has been on children. However, this is a lifelong disorder, and the implications of this disorder become even more prominent and complex in adulthood. Those with this condition can struggle with impulsiveness, and a host of cognitive difficulties. This correspondingly impacts their independence and employability, and produces an elevated risk for homelessness and other residential issues, involvement in substance use, being exploited, development of behavioural issues, and subsequent legal difficulties. Their cognitive difficulties result in challenges for legal systems around the world to understand their issues, and to design appropriate remedial strategies, recommendations for treatments and supports, and even for understanding the failure of many of these individuals to be able to change their behaviours effectively. This produces various legal and ethical dilemmas, which are discussed in detail in this volume by 28 authors from Europe, New Zealand, and North America. These include discussions regarding the rights of the unborn child, the alcohol industry's duty to warn, whether small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy can be condoned, and even the current use of involuntary hospitalization for addicted mothers.

Other chapters discuss the need for training on FASD for front line officers, use of lies during interrogation of those with FASD, medical and legal interventions for offenders with FASD, access to diagnostic services and follow-up supports, and whether FASD can be considered a mitigating factor for sentencing. Furthermore, caregivers also provide their stories regarding the daily dilemmas that are faced in raising those with FASD.

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: ethical, legal and moral implications associated with the rights of the unborn child.
Why People with FASD Fall for Manipulative Ploys:Ethical Limits of Interrogators' Use of Lies.
Neurodevelopmental Disorder associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure:Consumer Protection and the Industry's Duty to Warn.
Experience in Involuntary Hospitalisation of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Mothers during Their Pregnancies at Borgestadklinikken, Norway.
Is it ethical to condone low levels of drinking in pregnancy?.- Ethical challenges when screening for and diagnosing FASD in adults.
Neurocognitive Difficulties Underlying High Risk and Criminal Behaviour in FASD: Clinical Implications.
Medico-legal interventions in management of offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Oral language and communication factors to consider when supporting people with FASD involved with the legal system.
Evolution of the Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder:From DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5: The Justice System in the United States - Time for a Paradigm Shift!.
Smart Justice and FASD in Alaska: From Prevention to Sentence Mitigation.