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ERIC Number: EJ1122410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
FASD Prevalence among Schoolchildren in Poland
Okulicz-Kozaryn, Katarzyna; Borkowska, Magdalena; Brzózka, Krzysztof
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v30 n1 p61-70 Jan 2017
Background: Prenatal Alcohol Exposure is a major cause of brain damage and developmental delay, known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) but in Poland is rarely diagnosed and the scale of problem is not known. Methods: An active case ascertainment approach was applied to estimate the prevalence of FASD among 7-9 years olds. Pre-screening was conducted in 113 randomly selected regular and special schools. In the screening phase participated 280 children (54% from the risk group, 60% boys). The entire number of eligible students (N = 2500) was taken as a denominator. Results: The prevalence of FASD is not lower than 2%, including 0.4% of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Conclusions: Neurodevelopmental disorders associated with PAE are a serious challenge for the public health system. Development of procedures and services to diagnose and to support individuals affected by PAE and their families is an urgent need in Poland.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland
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