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Adverse Outcomes

Scales of Justice

An Adverse Outcome is a situation that can occur when the environment is a poor fit with meeting the needs and developmental age of the individual with FASD.  Individuals with FASD are at risk of the following Adverse Outcomes:

  • Being confined in prison, substance use treatment centres, psychiatric treatment centers, or residential care.

  • Disrupted school experience

  • Frustration, irritability, tantrums, and acting out

  • Getting into trouble with the police

  • Involvement with Child Welfare

  • High risk of being neglected and abused (physically, sexually, and/or emotionally)

  • Homelessness

  • Inappropriate sexual behaviour

  • Mental health disorders

  • Problems with employment

  • Substance use problems


Streissguth, A., et al (2004, August). Risk factors for adverse life outcomes in fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol effects.  Journal of developmental behavior pediatrics. 

McLachlin, Kaitlyn (2017, November).  Hamilton FASD Conference 2017.  Moving Forward FASD Conference.  Hamilton, Ontario.

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