Suicide risk in adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Background The teratogenic effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) have been extensively documented over the course of 45 years of research and psychiatric problems are pervasive in this population. In adults with PAE, suicidal risk is high but less is known about the suicidal risk in adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). This study describes […]

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and suicidality: What does the literature tell us?

Introduction Limited research has been conducted on suicidality among individuals with FASD. The purpose of this scoping review was to understand (1) how suicidality has been measured; (2) what proportion of individuals experience suicidality across the lifespan; and (3) what contextual factors are associated with suicidality. Method We conducted a scoping review of the literature […]

2022 State of the child report

The report provides an analysis of data released last fall in the Child Rights Indicator Framework. It includes five recommendations and examines some of the challenges faced by children with disabilities, as well as how their rights are being met.    

Suicide and suicide attempts among women in the Manitoba Mothers and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder cohort: A retrospective matched analysis using linked administrative data.

Women who give birth to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may be at increased risk for suicide; however, there are few data in this area. The objective of this study was to compare rates of suicide between women who had given birth to children with FASD and women who had not given birth […]

British outcomes following self-inflicted poisoning during pregnancy, California, 2000 to 2004.

There were 430 hospital discharges for an intentional poisoning during pregnancy documented in the dataset. Intentional acute poisoning during pregnancy was associated with several adverse birth outcomes; however, these relationships may be confounded by concomitant maternal substance abuse.

Suicide attempts among adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Clinical considerations.

People diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have neuropsychological deficits that may contribute to increased risk for suicide. This paper describes clinical profiles of eleven individuals with FASD and differentiates six who attempted suicide from five who did not, with regard to risk and protective factors. Attempters were more likely to have mental health […]

Conduct-disordered adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Intervention in secure treatment settings.

Youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are in a perilous circumstance. FASD is associated with a high rate of self-regulation problems and trouble with the law and is underdiagnosed. Standard juvenile corrections-based interventions often do not meet the needs of these vulnerable youth. This article describes what is known about conduct-disordered adolescents with FASD […]

Fetal alcohol syndrome and suicide: A review.

The only study conducted on suicidal behavior found that fetal alcohol syndrome population had a ten times higher lifetime rate of suicide attempt than the general population.

Suicidality in Adolescents and Adults With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Suicide Prevention Training for Aboriginal Young Adults With Learning Disabilities From Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alchol Effects (FAS/FAE)

This paper attempts to address some of the issues facing all those who work with & support young adults living with FAS/FAE. It discusses the characteristics & common factors which are part of the developmental process of FAS/FAE. It then reviews certain literature to discover what others have accomplished in defining strategies for facilitators, trainers […]

Aboriginal Identity and the Construction of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Within Canada fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is understood mainly as a health & wellness concern of Aboriginal people. This is supported not only in the medical literature but also by the historical experience of Aboriginal peoples. However, among Aboriginal groups concern is growing that fetal alcohol syndrome has become a blanket term to medicalize social […]

Aboriginal Substance use: Research Issues. Proceedings of a Joint Research Advisory Meeting

This manuscript is a collection of papers from a 1992 meeting on aboriginal substance use. It includes the following papers: 1) Substance Use Among Indigenous Canadians; 2) Dialogue on Aboriginal Substance Use; 3) Social Context and Aboriginal Drinking; 4) Implications of Harm Reduction for Substance Abuse Problems of Native People; 5) Alcohol-Related Birth Defects; & […]

Juvenile Suicide Prompts Closing of Facility (18th Column in a Series)

This column discusses the suicide of Matthew M., a 13-year-old boy admitted to the High Plains Youth Center in Colorado. Matthew was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Eventually he was removed from his home & began a series of foster-care placements. During intake at the youth centre Matthew was deemed not to be suicidal even […]

Healthy Choices. Healthy Babies. Drinking and Pregnancy Peer Helper Workbook (Draft)


An Analysis of Mental Health Research With American Indian Youth

This comprehensive literature review deals with these topics: fetal alcohol syndrome, medical illnesses, abuse & neglect, neurosensory disorders/developmental disabilities, handicapping conditions, school-related problems, foster care/adoption, self-concept/identity, conduct disorders/delinquency, drug & alcohol abuse, suicide & depression. Native American children & adolescents are studied; gaps in past & current research are identified & recommendations for future research […]