Prenatal alcohol consumption and knowledge about alcohol consumption and fetal alcohol syndrome in Korean women

Oksoo Kim, Kyungil Park

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Abstract

The study investigated prenatal alcohol consumption and knowledge of alcohol risks and fetal alcohol syndrome among Korean women. The participants were 221 Korean women who attended the post-partum care centers in Seoul, Korea. The data included the participants' background characteristics, quantity-frequency typology, Student Alcohol Questionnaire, and a scale on the participants' knowledge of fetal alcohol syndrome. Alcohol was consumed during pregnancy by 12.7% of the participants. Of these, 60.7% drank alcohol with their spouse. A few participants reported that nurses identified their drinking habits and gave them information on alcohol consumption and fetal alcohol syndrome. Most of the participants did not have the opportunity for prenatal counseling about fetal alcohol syndrome. The knowledge level regarding alcohol risks and fetal alcohol syndrome among the participants was poor. Alcohol consumption before pregnancy was significantly related to prenatal alcohol consumption. Prenatal alcohol consumption was not related to knowledge about alcohol consumption and fetal alcohol syndrome. The assessment of alcohol consumption and counseling about alcohol are needed for pregnant women in order to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-308
Number of pages6
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Knowledge
  • Korean women
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal alcohol consumption

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