Sex offender treatment professional perceptions of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the Midwest

Jerrod Brown, Diane Neal, Megan N. Carter, Jeffrey Louie

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that is precipitated by prenatal alcohol exposure. Typified by cognitive, social, and adaptive functioning impairments, FASD places impacted individuals at an elevated risk for involvement in the criminal justice system. In particular, it has been reported that some individuals diagnosed with FASD engage in inappropriate sexual behaviors. Because professionals working in the field of sexual offender treatment have the potential to strongly influence their clients, this study surveys professionals that provide treatment services to sexual offenders. Topics queried include knowledge of FASD, the role of FASD in criminal behavior, and training opportunities. The key findings from this study include that the respondents readily recognized symptoms, deficits, and consequences of FASD, but had very few opportunities to receive advanced training on FASD in the context of inappropriate sexual behavior. Findings suggest there is a strong need to develop educational and training programs that better equip professionals with the skills to assist clients with FASD in treatment settings for inappropriate sexual behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101476
JournalInternational Journal of Law and Psychiatry
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

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  • And treatment providers
  • FASD
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior
  • Sex offenders


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