The effectiveness of a community-based intervention for parents with FASD.

Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 10230-111 Ave., Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Community Mental Health Journal (Impact Factor: 1.03). 04/2011; 47(2):209-19. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-009-9273-9
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Step by Step program in which mentors work with parents affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) on a one-to-one basis. Mentors help clients identify and work towards meeting their needs and achieving their goals. Data from 24 closed client files was collected and analyzed and as predicted, the program was effective in helping clients reduce their needs and achieve their goals. The clients' reason for leaving the program as well as whether or not they had a formal FASD diagnosis had an impact on their success in the program. Data collected on additional mental health issues, experience of abuse and addictions helped to characterize the sample of clients and correlations were found between clients' experience of abuse and their past and/or present addictions issues. Limitations of this study as well as future implications were also discussed.

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