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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Barbara Goddard


fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol use among pregnant women


This exploratory study describes the knowledge a group of mothers has about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Mothers enrolled at Eastern South Dakota WIG clinics were surveyed using a FAS knowledge test. In this sample, 90% (N=99) of the subjects reported abstinence and 10% reported some alcohol drinking during their pregnancy. FAS knowledge was poor in 16%, moderate in 67%, and good in 17% of the sample. Significant relationships were found between years of education completed and FAS knowledge and number of children birthed and FAS knowledge level. There was no statistical difference between FAS knowledge and whether subjects were drinkers or non-drinkers. FAS information sources included high school, physicians, and magazines. Most abstainers did not drink because they believed that alcohol might harm their baby. This information can be used by all health care professionals who educate women about FAS. Although education does not guarantee a behavior change, it does allow people to make informed decisions.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Fetal alcohol syndrome
Pregnant women -- Alcohol use



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