Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Offender Populations: 

Jerrod Brown, Deborah A. Eckberg, Mario L. Hesse, Nikki Freeman, Julie Martindale


A lack of screening tools for the identification of offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is problematic. The development of tools to help identify the disorder in offender populations would enhance treatment and intervention outcomes, while preventing subsequent criminality. This article addresses issues related to the development of screening tools, including the current state of screening, presence of comorbid symptomology, warning signs that should trigger screening, and consequences of inaccurate identification. The development of effective tools is critical as a means to effectively identify and modify approaches for working with offenders with FASD.

Keywords: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), identification, offender, screening 


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