Forensic Scholars TodayVolume 1, Issue 3: FASD Special Edition

What Forensic Professionals Need to Know About FASD

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Forensic mental health professionals can take the lead in detecting FASD among offenders in the criminal justice system. Here, we present 12 points that are essential for accurate screening of FASD. View online or by PDF.

FASD in the Criminal Justice System: Invisible in Plain Sight

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FASD frequently goes unrecognized in the criminal justice system. In fact, many individuals with FASD do not exhibit visible signs of the condition. Read more about the importance of training for the identification of FASD. View online or by PDF.

Social Dysfunction: A Key Deficit in Adults with Suspected and Confirmed FASD

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Social dysfunction is often present in adults diagnosed with FASD. In this article, learn about seven consistent themes that arise in assessments of social dysfunction and FASD. View online or by PDF.

FASD: A Review for Criminal Justice and Legal Educators

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FASD has serious implications for the criminal justice system, even affecting a defendant’s competency to stand trial. In this summary of FASD, we explain why criminal justice and legal professionals need to fully understand the condition. View online or by PDF.

FASD and Art Therapy: An Exploratory Review

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Researchers have documented the effectiveness of art therapy as a treatment for clients with FASD. This comprehensive article describes the benefits of specific therapeutic approaches in addressing the symptoms associated with FASD. 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

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