New Prevalence Data on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The November 2014 issue of Pediatrics features an article that has important implications for those who provide services related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). A research team headed up by Philip A. May, Ph.D., has found rates of FASD among school children that are significantly higher than previous estimates.
The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence has provided a summary of the findings from this study, which examined first graders in a typical Midwestern city. In 2009, Dr. May and his colleagues suggested that the overall prevalence of FASD in the general population was approximately 1 percent. If the new data are suggestive of changes in the overall FASD case rates, prevalence may be closer to 4 percent.