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A Preventable Epidemic in the United States: A Study of the Demographics and Educational Practices Associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Rosenlieb, Emily Elizabeth

2013, BA, Kent State University, College of Nursing.
Fetal alcohol syndrome continues to affect individuals throughout the United States due to alcohol use during pregnancy. Although fetal alcohol syndrome is completely preventable, it is thought to be the leading cause of mental delay in the Western World (Walker, Fisher, Sherman, Wybrecht, &; Kyndely, 2005).The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) has concluded that 1 in 100 pregnancies is negatively affected by alcohol consumption, almost the same rate as Autism (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome). Although this disorder is completely preventable, women continue to consume alcohol during pregnancy for a variety of reasons. It is possible that the number of women choosing to consume alcohol during pregnancy can be addressed with informative educational tools and support from community resources.

Many preventative educational programs and tools have been utilized in recent years throughout the United States. By analyzing these programs and tools that have been used in the past, community leaders can seek a resource that would be effective in their community. In Summit County, located in northern Ohio, various agencies were analyzed to better understand the characteristics associated with the different client populations. The demographical information related to the client populations was then used to compile a population specific brochure in regards to fetal alcohol syndrome. The brochure will be utilized throughout Summit County in public health agencies. Fetal alcohol syndrome is one of the leading causes of preventable mental delay in America and it deserves public attention (Maier & West, 2001).


Connie Tezie, Dr. (Advisor)
Laura Dzurec, Dr. (Committee Member)
Barbara Yoost, MSN, RN, CNS (Committee Member)
Maggie Stedman-Smith, Dr. (Committee Member)
86 p.

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