Adolescents with FASDs are at greater risk than adolescents without FASDs of developing substance abuse problems (Streissguth et al.,2004), possibly as a coping mechanism, as a result of peer pressure, or due to increased genetic susceptibility.
Source: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Competency-Based Curriculum Development Guide for Medical and Allied Health Education and Practice. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2008. Print.
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