The San Diego State University Center for Behavioral Teratology (CBT) is looking for adolescents (ages 13 -18) diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or known to have been exposed to high amounts of alcohol during gestation to participate in a research study. In this study, we are investigating the social problem solving skills of adolescents with histories of prenatal alcohol exposure. Two questionnaires are involved in this study: one completed by the adolescent and the other by the parent or guardian. The adolescent questionnaire asks questions about everyday problem solving. The parent/guardian questionnaire asks about the frequency of various behaviors that may be displayed by the adolescent. Both questionnaires will be mailed to participant’s homes upon acceptance into the study and each should take about 15 minutes to complete. Upon receipt of study materials, parents will also be asked to find a family with a non-affected child of the same age, gender, and ethnicity as their own adolescent that would also be willing to complete the questionnaires. Parents will also be asked to complete a second set of questionnaires if they have another child of the same sex and similar age who was not exposed to alcohol during gestation.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

Adolescent must be between the ages of 13 and 18.
English must be the childs primary language.
Adolescent must have a diagnosis of FAS or known to have a documented history of heavy in utero alcohol exposure
Adolescent must have completed the 6th grade in a typical classroom.
Adolescent must not have mental retardation (IQ <70) or any other psychiatric or medical condition that would impair completion of the questionnaire
Adolescent must not have experienced significant head injury with loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes.