CanFASD Top FASD Research Articles of 2020

Announcing our list for the top FASD articles of 2020! Every January CanFASD does a literature search for research that was published within the previous year. This year the search revealed over 400 articles published on FASD in 2020.

Our final list was selected by a group of CanFASD staff, researchers, and members of the Family Advisory Committee. It was difficult to narrow down a list of over 400 excellent publications to just 30. The articles we’ve chosen reflect CanFASD’s areas of emphasis for FASD research: assessment and diagnosis; intervention; mental health; prevention; child welfare; justice; and family collaboration.

Assessment, Diagnosis, and Clinical Presentation
  1. Characterizing adverse childhood experiences among children and adolescents with prenatal alcohol exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  1. Ten years of evidence for the diagnostic assessment of preschoolers with prenatal alcohol exposure (open-access)
  1. Difficulties in daily living experienced by adolescents, transition-aged youth, and adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (open-access)
  1. Treatment algorithm for the use of psychopharmacological agents in individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol and/or with diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (open-access)
  1. Connecting people with people: Diagnosing persons with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder using telehealth
Intervention
  1. A systematic review of interventions to improve mental health and substance use outcomes for individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (open-access)
  1. Exploring self-regulation strategy use in adolescents with FASD
  1. Outcomes and needs of health and education professionals following Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder-specific training
  1. Dog-assisted therapy for children and adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders a randomized controlled pilot study (open-access)
Mental Health
  1. Self-regulation and emotional reactivity in infants with prenatal exposure to opioids and alcohol
  1. Prenatal alcohol exposure and developmental programming of mental illness
  1. Developmental cascades to children’s conduct problems: The role of prenatal substance use, socioeconomic adversity, maternal depression and sensitivity, and children’s conscience (open-access)
  1. The association between prenatal alcohol consumption and preschool child stress system disturbance (open-access)
Prevention and Maternal Health
  1. Prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among pregnant and postpartum women: A systematic review
  1. Guideline No. 405: Screening and Counselling for Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy
  1. ‘We do what we can as soon as we can’ alcohol and other drug workforce perspectives on preventing and responding to prenatal alcohol exposure (open-access)
  1. Maternal substance use in pregnancy: Differential prediction by childhood adversity subtypes
  1. Multi-service prevention programs for pregnant and parenting women with substance use and multiple vulnerabilities: Program structure and clients’ perspectives on wraparound programming (open-access)
Child Welfare
  1. Comparing outcomes of children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the child welfare system to those in other living situations in Canada: Results from the Canadian National FASD Database
  1. Identifying Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and psychiatric comorbidity for children and youth in care: A community approach to diagnosis and treatment
Caregivers/Families
  1. Caregivers of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Psychosocial factors and evidence for self-compassion as a potential intervention target
  1. Self-care in caregivers of children with FASD: How do caregivers care for themselves, and what are the benefits and obstacles for doing so?
  1. Experiences of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and their families: A critical review
Justice
  1. Screening for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in forensic mental health settings
  1. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders: An international practice survey of forensic mental health clinicians
  1. Neurocognitive function and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in offenders with mental Disorders (open-access)
  1. Performance validity testing in justice-involved adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Stigma/Policy Issues
  1. Understanding the social stigma of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: From theory to interventions (open-access)
Brain Science
  1. Different brain profiles in children with prenatal alcohol exposure with or without early adverse exposures (open-access)
  1. Current socioeconomic status correlates with brain volumes in healthy children and adolescents but not in children with prenatal alcohol exposure (open-access)

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