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Competency 4: Prevention

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Issues Related to Professional Values and Ethics

FASD prevention can raise many issues for the addiction professional. Some people harbor negative feelings toward women who drink while pregnant, thinking they are ignorant or uncaring. Others think everyone knows that alcohol use during pregnancy is unsafe, so there is no need to discuss it. In some cases, stereotypes may lead to the belief that members of certain populations (e.g., middle or upper class) do not have problems with FASD. The reality is that any woman who drinks alcohol while pregnant can have a child with an FASD. It is important to keep an open mind and to avoid harsh opinions or false assumptions.


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