Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology
Glena L. Andrews, PhD
Kathleen Gathercoal, PhD
Patricia Warford, PsyD
Very little information is known about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) within corrections populations, yet research suggests higher prevalence rates among these populations compared to the general population (Burd, Selfridge, Klug, & Bakko, 2004). In order to evaluate FASD within a corrections population, an established behavioral screener, FAS BeST (Robins & Andrews, 2009), was adapted for adults along with a selected protocol of cognitive and neuropsychological testing. The study aimed to identify testing performance and response patterns unique to individuals with an FASD in order to develop a cognitive and behavioral profile, and to evaluate the Self-Report and Adult Other version of the FAS BeST for reliability and validity. Participants included two groups: the first was recruited through a county drug court treatment program and probation offices (n = 13). The second group (n = 31) were recruited through social media Results verified reliability for the FAS BeST Self-Report and Adult Other versions as well as similarities in total scores between the Self-Report and Adult Other for the court population. Tactor analysis of the FAS BeST: Self-Report produced 3 significant components. Reliability of the measure for the online sample was not established and factor analysis components were weak. Further research is required in order to determine the validity of the FAS BeST: Self-Report and to generate a cognitive profile based upon neuropsychological testing.
Mushlitz, Allison, "Defining an Adult Screener for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Study of Court Populations" (2020). Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). 302.