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Evaluation of a Perinatal Support Program for FASD Prevention

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Title:Evaluation of a Perinatal Support Program for FASD Prevention
Authors:Pascal, Emma
Contributors:Onoye, Jane (advisor)
Biology (department)
Keywords:Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
perinatal support
alcohol risk
Date Issued:2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) are physical and/or mental disorders resulting
from prenatal alcohol exposure. As a significant cause of birth defects and infant
mortality, FASD is also associated with a multitude of challenges from birth through
maturation. FASD is preventable; further, effective intervention prevention programs for
high-risk populations can also reduce risk for FASD from prenatal alcohol exposure. The
Hawai‘i Department of Health implements a statewide Perinatal Support Services
Program in community-based health centers and organizations to provide support for at-
risk mothers. The state program has continually served approximately 1,600 women each
year. With a significant Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian population, this program
serves a diverse sample previously not discussed in literature on FASD. Given that
alcohol use co-occurs with other risk factors, this project evaluated the impact of these
services on the reduction of alcohol use during pregnancy through longitudinal
examination (by trimester) and examined the association of alcohol risk with
sociodemographic information and other related behavior and risk factors. The results
were shared with the program sites through the Hawai‘i State Department of Health and
also with the Hawai‘i FASD Task Force to inform prevention and intervention efforts
throughout the State. In addition, the findings were disseminated to the field through the
Research Society on Alcoholism national conference.
Pages/Duration:40 pages
URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/61647
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