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Maneuvering the maze : exploring the experiences of fetal alcohol effected adults Straarup, Darlene


Research over the past decade has primarily concentrated on the problems of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Alcohol Related Effects during infancy and childhood. Currently there are only very limited studies which are concerned with fetal alcohol syndrome or alcohol related effects in adulthood. This qualitative, exploratory study researched the experiences of five adults who have fetal alcohol syndrome or effects. The significant themes which emerged revealed that FAS/E has an impact on cognitive development and self esteem. In addition to this, elements of support were defined by the participants, which lead to directions regarding what helps this population group. This study has particular relevance to social work in that understanding the nature of FAS or alcohol related effects in adulthood, leads to appropriate therapeutic intervention both at a micro and macro level.

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