Burden and Social Cost of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Oxford Handbooks Online has published a new study conducted by Popova et.al. The study explores the societal burden, including social costs, caused by FASD.
Damage to the central nervous system is a unifying concept for nearly all of the diagnoses that fall under the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) umbrella.
Thus, FASD are an important public health and social problem worldwide that consumes a large amount of resources, both economic and societal by imparting a large burden on society through such sectors as the healthcare system, mental health and substance abuse treatment services, foster care, the criminal justice system, and the long-term care of individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Existing estimates of the economic impact of FASD demonstrate significant cost implications on the individual, the family and society. Many of the costs associated with FASD can be reduced with the implementation of effective social policies and intervention programs.
Burden and Social Cost of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Svetlana Popova, Shannon Lange, Larry Burd, and Jürgen Rehm
Subject: Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Online Publication Date: Sep 2016 DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935291.013.78