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Forensic Scholars TodayVolume 1, Issue 4

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care: The Future of Health Care

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care
Research has proved that a strong link exists between trauma during childhood and numerous physical and mental health problems. The early identification of childhood trauma and the implementation of trauma informed care are significant public health needs. Read this summary of the consequences of childhood trauma. View online or by PDF.

 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Criminal Justice System: Causes, Consequences, and Suggested Communication Approaches

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the Criminal Justice System: Causes, Consequences, and Suggested Communication Approaches
Individuals with FASD are disproportionately likely to enter the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, jail and prison are a common place for people with FASD. This article calls for training for criminal justice professionals, guidelines on best practices, and effective treatment for FASD. View online or by PDF.

 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Safety Considerations for Caregivers and Professionals

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Safety Considerations for Caregivers and Professionals
Caregivers of individuals with FASD want to keep them safe and avoid contact with the criminal justice system. That task can be daunting, given that FASD impairs decision-making skills. Gain an understanding of seven safety concerns, from substance abuse to stealing, and discover how to support someone with FASD, personally or professionally. View online or by PDF.

 

Interrogative Suggestibility in People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Neurocognitive and Behavioral Challenges

Interrogative Suggestibility in People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Neurocognitive and Behavioral Challenges Individuals with FASD are at risk for suggestibility during interrogations within the criminal justice system. This article explores seven cognitive and functioning deficits associated with FASD that make answering questions extremely challenging. Find out why meeting the needs of people with FASD is essential to preventing injustice. View online or by PDF.

 

Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma: A Brief Overview

Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma A Brief Overview
Pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT) is the leading cause of serious head injury in the first year of life and has high rates of mortality and morbidity. This article presents five essential facts about PAHT, from risk factors to prevention. View online or by PDF.  

The Challenges of Screening for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Adult Forensic Populations 

Forensic Scholars Today (logo) This article is from Volume 1, Issue 4 of Forensic Scholars Today, a quarterly publication featuring topics from the world of forensic mental health. Click to view or save a PDF of this article. The Impact of Hypnotic Medications on Driving Why is FASD such an elusive condition to identify and diagnose in adults? Besides the complex neuropsychological deficits among adults with FASD, there is a lack of proper screening instruments for use in forensic settings. Yet clinicians must overcome these challenges and be prepared to accurately diagnose FASD. View online or by PDF.   

 

The Impact of Hypnotic Medications on Driving

The Impact of Hypnotic Medications on Driving Hypnotic medications, or prescription sleep aids, can impair driving and lead to motor vehicle accidents resulting in serious injury or death. Therefore, hypnotic medications should be considered a possible underlying factor in impaired driving or motor vehicle accidents. Patients should be fully aware of the potential risks of prescription sleep aids.  View online or by PDF.

 

The Importance of Screening for FASD in Criminal Justice Settings

The Importance of Screening for FASD in Criminal Justice Settings The “invisible nature” of FASD necessitates regular screening for the disorder in criminal justice settings. Read about 11 ways that routine screening for FASD can benefit the important work of attorneys, judges, and correctional and forensic mental health professionals. View online or by PDF.  

 

Understanding Confabulation: An Introduction for Criminal Justice and Mental Health Professionals

Understanding Confabulation An Introduction for Criminal Justice and Mental Health Professionals Confusion surrounds the phenomenon known as confabulation. It is not lying, but what is it? This article clearly defines confabulation, explains risk factors and causes, and describes how legal and mental health professionals can determine if clients are unknowingly providing inaccurate information. View online or by PDF.

 

Understanding Postpartum Psychosis and Infanticide 

Understanding Postpartum Psychosis and Infanticide Infanticide occurs in rare instances when a mother takes the life of her child within a year after giving birth. Postpartum psychosis, marked by symptoms like delusions and hallucinations, is a psychiatric emergency. Learn why immediate diagnosis and treatment of postpartum psychosis is critical to preventing infanticide and suicide. View online or by PDF.  

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Message from the Editor

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to a set of pervasive, life-long conditions caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. The consequences associated with prenatal alcohol exposure can contribute to a host of adverse outcomes that can impact behavioral, cognitive, educational, social, and vocational capacities. Deficits associated with FASD can lead to individual issues with decision-making, long-term planning and understanding, memory, suggestibility, confabulation, and vulnerability, all of which may predispose individuals with FASD to come into contact with the criminal justice system. Without proper recognition of the diagnosis, suspects, defendants, victims, and witnesses with FASD may experience a host of challenges and obstacles during several different points-of-contact in the criminal justice system (i.e., pretrial, trial, sentencing, and post-sentencing). Forensic Scholars Today (FST) recognizes the importance of educating students and professionals on the complexities and misconceptions of FASD. As such, we are proud to present a Special Edition of our publication focusing on articles related to FASD.

– Jerrod Brown, Editor-in-Chief