Ethics in Child Health – Chapter 28: Ethical challenges of diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (ebook)


Chapter 28 of the book – Ethical challenges of diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: when diagnosis has sociopolitical consequences

This chapter raises fascinating issues related to both the politics and ethical implications of certain diagnoses, in this case the challenges associated with a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. It covers a wide range of implications of this diagnosis, including the moral and ethical responsibilities of professionals in some jurisdictions to make and report the diagnosis; the responsibility to the young persons themselves when they are old enough to ask about their condition; and of course the responsibilities to the family to deal honestly with what remains in many places a stigmatizing label for both the child and the mother.

About the complete book

Have you ever:

  • Wondered how to deal with a family that repeatedly fails to keep clinic appointments?
  • Disagreed with colleagues over a proposed course of treatment for a child?
  • Considered ways to ‘bump’ a child on a waiting to speed up their assessment?

These are a few of the scenarios faced by clinicians in neurodisability on a daily basis. Ethics in Child Health explores the ethical dimensions of these issues that have either been ignored or not recognised. Each chapter is built around a scenario familiar to clinicians and is discussed with respect to how ethical principles can be utilised to inform decision-making. Useful ‘Themes for Discussion’ are provided at the end of each chapter to help professionals and students develop practical ethical thinking. Ethics in Child Health offers a set of principles that clinicians, social workers and policy-makers can utilise in their respective spheres of influence.


Readership: clinicians and paediatricians in neurodisability, service providers in neurodisability, community-based health professionals,  and health policy makers.

[iframe id=””]