Environmental correlates of cognition and behavior in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Andrea Victor, Jeffrey R Wozniak, Pi Nian Chang

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The physical, cognitive, and behavioral correlates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) have been well-researched. However, there is minimal investigation of the non-biological correlates of cognition and behavior in this population. The association between foster care placement history and cognitive and behavioral functioning was explored using archival data from 136 children with FASD. Significant cognitive and behavioral abnormalities were found in the overall sample. Children with one foster care placement performed significantly better on measures of verbal intelligence, mathematics achievement, and impulse control and endorsed fewer symptoms of internalizing disorders compared to children who were never removed from their biological home. Children with multiple foster home placements generally fell between the other two groups on assessment measures. It may be important to consider placement history of children with FASD when attempting to understand their cognitive and behavioral abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-300
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008


  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Foster care placement
  • School-age children

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