Ethical and Legal Perspectives in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

Foundational Issues

  • Egon Jonsson
  • Sterling Clarren
  • Ian Binnie

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 75)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kenneth R. Warren, Linda L. Chezem
      Pages 3-21
    3. Ian Binnie
      Pages 23-35
  3. Definition and Identification of FASD

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Sterling Clarren
      Pages 69-75
    3. Sarah Treit, Christian Beaulieu
      Pages 77-93
    4. Deepa Singal, Teresa Brown, Sally Longstaffe, Mary Kate Harvie, Trevor Markesteyn, Albert E. Chudley
      Pages 95-124
  4. Characteristics of People with FASD

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Jerrod Brown, Nikki Freeman, Hal Pickett, Erin Watts, Aaron J. Trnka
      Pages 163-183
  5. Sentencing and Support of People with FASD

  6. Societal Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Jerrod Brown, Anthony P. Wartnik, Sarah Herrick, Kathi Osmonson, Margaret R. Wimberley, Patricia Jones
      Pages 287-309
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 311-352

About this book


This book discusses how to deal ethically with people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the police, courts and correctional services. Ethical and legal issues associated with the deficits of individuals with a brain disorders such as FASD are surfacing more and more frequently in criminal proceedings. People with FASD often have not been diagnosed and rarely exhibit any visible evidence of the disorder. It has been argued that this invisible disability puts them in a disadvantaged position in the justice system, since the awareness of this condition is limited. The need to identify and to address FASD more effectively and the many ethical issues this raises within the context of the law is increasingly acknowledged within judicial and legislative branches, as well as in government departments, agencies and community programs that provide services to those with FASD and their caretakers and families. This is the first book to give to elaborate on ethical and legal issues of FASD.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Egon Jonsson
    • 1
  • Sterling Clarren
    • 2
  • Ian Binnie
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.The Supreme Court of CanadaOttawaCanada

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