Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of health, education, and service professionals as related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Purpose: We explored differences in FASD knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors across six groups of professionals in key position to provide primary and secondary prevention efforts (physicians, educators, correctional staff, social workers, public health nurses, and substance abuse counselors).

Methods: Achieving a 60.1% response rate, 2,292 professionals returned surveys, providing data on basic knowledge of FAS, knowledge of FASD-associated risks and cognitive deficits, and willingness to confront and recommend treatment to alcohol-consuming pregnant women.

Results: Across groups, findings revealed ample FASD knowledge and willingness to confront and recommend treatment to alcohol-consuming pregnant women that increases as consumption becomes more frequent and severe. However, results revealed significant between-group differences, data that provide valuable guidance for targeted future FASD education efforts.

Conclusions: Public health initiatives regarding FASD have been effective in increasing knowledge among a broad range of professionals.  However, between-group differences indicate the need for targeted, discipline-specific interventions. These differences highlight the need for all professional groups to provide a consistent public health message regarding maternal alcohol consumption.




Gateways Globe

Gateways

Current Students
Future Students
Graduate School
Faculty
Staff
Alumni

Blackboard
Calendar
Emergency Information
Faculty/Staff Email
Financial Aid
Parents
Student Email
UA Online
About UAA question mark

About UAA

Accessibility
Administration
Chancellor's Office
Community Campuses
Diversity Resources
Employment
Map
Mission
News and Publications
Strategic Plan
Academics books

Academics

Academic Calendar
Admissions
Advising and Testing
Catalog
Class Schedule
Colleges and Schools
Computer Labs
Distance Education
Financial Aid
Library
One Stop
Registration/Registrar
Undergraduate Research
Research flask

Research

Undergraduate Research
Office of Research
Centers and Institutes
Colleges and Schools
Campus Life cup

Campus Life

Athletics
Bookstore
Calendar
Commuter Student Services
Intramural Sports
Native Student Services
Parking Services
Residence Life
Student Life
Student Media
USUAA Student Government
Wells Fargo Sports Complex
Public Square balloon quotes

Public Square

Athletics
Calendar
Community Partnerships
Giving to UAA
Library
News and Publications
Podcasts
Visiting the Campus
Wells Fargo Sports Complex
Wendy Williamson Auditorium
© Copyright 2017, University of Alaska Anchorage
UAA is an EEO/AA employer and educational institution
Page Updated: 6/08/16