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An examination of the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on school-age children in a Manitoba First Nation Community, a study of fetal alcohol syndrome prevalence and dysmorphology


General Info
Canada (CAN)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1981 - 12/1996
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Individual

This thesis examines results from a community survey on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in one Manitoba First Nations Community, conducted by researchers in conjunction with the local Band Council (tribal government unit). The data collection effort included maternal interviews (using a version of the TWEAK self-report screening test to identify high risk drinking during pregnancy); a review of hospital records; and physical examination by a doctor. Data were reviewed for children born 1981-1990, giving exposure levels during pregnancy for these years; and collected in 1995-1996, giving prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and partial FAS for these years. Out of the 178 children studied, 46% were exposed to alcohol in utero, with 10% having physical evidence of being adversely affected.