Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors: A Call on Sex Offender Treatment Clinicians to Become Informed

Jerrod Brown, Laura Cooney-Koss, Diane Harr, Diane Neal, Charolette Gerth Haanen

Abstract


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure is a permanent condition that can include a range of adaptive, cognitive, social, and physical impairments. Not only can symptoms have a deleterious impact on global functioning, but can increase the likelihood of entanglement in the criminal justice system. This can sometimes involve behaviors associated with sexual misconduct. This article provides a brief overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, the relationship between the disorder and inappropriate sexual behavior, treatment of this population, and areas for future research.

Keywords: fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, sex offender treatment, sex offending, training 


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