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Child Neuropsychol. 2006 Dec;12(6):439-52.

Executive functioning predicts social skills following prenatal alcohol exposure.

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Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human behavior, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA. amyschonfeld@gmail.com

Abstract

Adverse sequelae of prenatal alcohol exposure include executive function and social skills impairments, although these two domains have not been empirically linked in alcohol-exposed individuals. This study investigated this relationship using the BRIEF and the SSRS in 98 children aged 6 to 11 years. Executive functions explained a significant percentage of variance in parent and teacher rated social skills. No differences were found among children with diagnoses of FAS, partial FAS, or alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder. It may be helpful to consider executive functioning in designing social skills interventions for alcohol-exposed children whether or not they have full FAS.

PMID:
16952889
DOI:
10.1080/09297040600611338
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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