The quality of life of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and/or prenatal alcohol exposure and the impact of the disability on families and caregivers

  • Author / Creator
    Denys, Kennedy A
  • There is little research on the quality of life of children prenatally exposed to alcohol or the impact on families and caregivers. Participants (aged 6 - 16) included 39 children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), 21 with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE, not qualifying for an FASD diagnosis), and 29 typically developing controls. Children and caregivers completed the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL), measuring the child’s quality of life, and caregivers completed the Generic Lifestyle Assessment Questionnaire (LAQ-G), measuring the impact of childhood disability on the family. Children with FASD and PAE had significantly lower ratings of quality of life and a higher impact on the family than the controls in most areas, but the two groups did not differ significantly from each other. These findings show that both FASD and PAE negatively impact quality of life and have measurable impacts on families and caregivers.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Medical Sciences-Paediatrics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Rasmussen, Carmen (Pediatrics)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Pei, Jacqueline (Educational Psychology)
    • Yager, Jerry (Pediatrics)
    • Nicholas, David (Pediatrics)