Sibling Study

Would children with FAS show changes in behavior, intellectual functioning, or memory if they were removed from unstable, environments and adopted into stable homes?  This is much like the nature/nurture question. This question was explored with several families who adopted sets of biological children (all prenatally exposed to alcohol) who had been in and out of several homes.  The children…

Using the Child Behavior Checklist

Many schools, counselors and other professionals use the Child Behavior Checklist (Achenbach) as a quick method for gathering information about a child’s or teen’s observable behaviors.  This 113 item checklist is completed by the care provider or teacher using a rating scale (never, frequently or always) for behaviors.  When these ratings are “scored” a very helpful profile is discovered.  This…

Recent Drug Study

A recent study was published in the Lancet (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101101/ap_on_he_me/eu_med_dangerous_alcohol) from the UK comparing alcohol with 20 drugs including heroin and crack cocaine.  The study focused on what the drug does to the user and those around the user.  When including a variety of behaviors and consequences of behavior the researchers decided that alcohol was more dangerous than all other drugs studied including…