Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Confabulation: A Clinical, Forensic, and Judicial Dilemma

Jerrod Brown

Abstract


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a permanent disorder resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure. This disorder consists of an array of cognitive and adaptive functioning impairments, many of which may increase the risk for confabulation. This possible link between Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and confabulation takes on increased importance for individuals who become involved in the criminal justice and legal systems. Specifically, an individual’s ability to navigate criminal investigations and the trial process may be compromised. This article aims to introduce clinical, forensic, and judicial professionals to the constructs of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and confabulation to raise awareness of the impact in the criminal justice and legal systems.

Keywords: Confabulation, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, forensic mental health, legal system 


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