Yarning, Hearing, Understanding, Knowing: A qualitative study of the experiences of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder assessment and diagnosis for justice-involved youth and their care networks

Sharynne Hamilton

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Abstract

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and associated neurodevelopmental impairments have major implications for justice-involved youth, the effects of which are not recognised or well understood. This study explores the experiences of multiple stakeholders in Western Australia who participated in a FASD prevalence study. Due to high numbers of Aboriginal participants, the use of Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies were prioritised. The thesis explores the experiences and understandings of assessments for youth, their caregivers and their professional supports, and finds that there is a critical need to consider routine assessment models for justice-involved youth that are culturally and neurodevelopmentally responsive to need.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date27 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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