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J FAS Int 2004;2:e13 - Oct. 2004
Secondary disabilities among adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in British Columbia

Adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) face serious challenges because of physical, cognitive and behavioural deficits. The interaction of behavioural and mental health problems with adverse environments leads to further problems, such as trouble with the law, called “secondary disabilities.” Although FASD affects about 1% of the population in the United States, very little research has been done to describe adults with FASD in Canada and what factors may affect the rate of secondary disabilities.

The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of secondary disabilities among adults with FASD living in the lower mainland, Okanogan Valley and West Kootenay regions of British Columbia and what factors may affect the rates of secondary disabilities.


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