Development of Education Materials for Prevention of FAS in Russia  

This project is designed to increase knowledge and awareness to prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Russian children through the development of (1) training materials for Russian health professionals, and (2) printed materials targeting women of childbearing age in Russia. Alcohol abuse is a major public health problem in Russia. The rates of FAS and Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ARND) in Russia are not precisely known. The only available study indicated extremely high rates of FAS in Russian orphanages (Robinson et al., 2001). At this time, there are no programs to prevent FAS in Russia. Currently, a research project is being conducted in Russia to obtain preliminary data critical to developing targeted prevention programs. The project is sponsored by the Fogarty International Center/NIH Research Grant #R21 TW006745-01. The results of Phase I of the study, focus groups with health professionals (pediatricians, obstetricians-gynecologists, and substance abuse treatment providers), pregnant women and their partners, non-pregnant women, and women with alcohol dependency, indicated limited knowledge about FAS, misconceptions about alcohol use during pregnancy, and a lack of materials and print resources related to this topic. Based on these initial findings, this project proposes to develop and evaluate informational materials, such as posters and brochures for women, and training materials for healthcare professionals to reduce drinking during pregnancy in Russia. The FAS Curriculum Framework, the Instructional Resource Handbook, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Guidelines for Referral and Diagnosis will guide the development of the training materials for Russian professionals, and CDC and NIAAA print materials, such as posters and brochures, will be used to develop culturally appropriate materials in the Russian language. The training materials for professionals and printed materials for women will be tested in randomized trials in a pre-post test design to determine the effectiveness of the training and print materials in changing knowledge about FAS, skills, and attitudes toward drinking during pregnancy. The project will be conducted in collaboration with St. Petersburg State University and the research will be conducted in sites established through the current NIH project, continuing medical education programs, and women's clinics in St. Petersburg and the Nizhniy Novgorod region.

Principal Investigators
Barbara Bonner, PhD
Tatiana Balachova, PhD

Mark Chaffin, PhD
Mark Wolraich, MD
John Mulvihill, MD
David Bard, ABD
Linda Sobell, PhD
Corina Reinicke, MD, PhD
Edward Riley, PhD
Kristine Movsisyan, BA

Russian Team
Larisa Tsvetkova, PhD
Galina Isurina, PhD
Alexander Palchik, MD, PhD
Vladimir Shapkaitz, MD, PhD
Oleg Erishev, MD, PhD
Elena Volkova, PhD
Maxim Gusev
Olga Gluzdova, PhD
Maria Potapova, MS
Alla Loffe, MS
Elena Rumiantseva
Alexandra Regentova
Mikhail Zotov, MS

Funding Source
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 *CDC/AUCD I-RTOI 2005-999-01


Contact Information
Child Study Center
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1100 N.E. 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1039
Phone: (405) 271-5700 | Fax: (405) 271-8835 | Email: Department Contact