Young people in detention in Western Australia: An examination of motor skills and the effect of prenatal alcohol exposure

Bernadette Catherine Safe

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Abstract

This thesis assessed and characterised the motor performance of young people with a suspected high prevalence of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASO) residing in a Western Australian youth detention centre. It explored the relationship between motor skills, FASO and PAE. The mean age of the young people was 16 years(n=99). Fifty percent of participants with FASO (n=36), and 30% of all young people assessed had a motor impairment. The high rates of motor skill difficulties in this population supports the need for screening, assessment, and intervention for adolescents with suspected FASO, and youth in detention.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date18 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Western Australia
Motor Skills
Alcohols
Needs Assessment
Population

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