Deficits in social problem solving in adolescents with prenatal exposure to alcohol

Christie L. McGee, Susanna L. Fryer, Olivia A. Bjorkquist, Sarah N. Mattson, Edward P. Riley

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This study evaluated the social problem solving skills of adolescents with histories of prenatal alcohol exposure. Adolescents (28 alcohol-exposed, 15 controls) completed a standardized questionnaire of social problem solving, and caregivers completed a parent-report measure of executive functioning. Both questionnaires were mailed to families, and caregivers were asked to recruit a non-exposed control. Results suggest that alcohol-exposed adolescents have substantial impairments in their abilities to solve problems in their everyday life, even in the absence of mental retardation. Such impairments are likely to have a significant impact on social and academic functioning and reflect their need for critical services otherwise unavailable to them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-431
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Executive functioning
  • FASD
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Prenatal alcohol exposure
  • Social problem solving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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