Hostile perceptions in children with prenatal alcohol exposure reduced through learning social cues

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According to findings published in the February issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, children who suffer developmental problems as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure experienced improved social skills through learning “social cues.” According to the study, children with prenatal alcohol exposure are more likely to perceive the intent of others as hostile; therefore, teaching these children social cues, the actuality of the intent of peers, decreases their perception of hostility in those they encounter. According to Vivien Keil, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, “Children (with prenatal alcohol exposure) have a hard time making and keeping friends…they tend to have difficulty understanding social cues and common social norms.” The researchers were hopeful that teaching children with prenatal alcohol syndrome about the social cues of others would not only lessen instances of hostility but improve overall developmental outcomes. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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