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JFAS Int 2006;4:e23 - December 12, 2006
Accommodating the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V)


The umbrella term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder embraces several mental and behavioral manifestations of prenatal alcohol exposure as its etiology. There is sufficient reason to involve a classification system like the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in spite of technical and procedural difficulties. The significance of this inclusion would not only make the advantages of classification visible for clinical and research utility, it could shape the future of the DSM in adopting an etiology based classification system.


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