The Problem of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure: A Rush to Judgment
Mayes, Linda C.
Granger, Richard H.
Bornstein, Marc H.
JAMA. 1992 Jan 15; 267(3): 406-408.
...Separating specific developmental impairments attributable to prenatal cocaine exposure from the effects of inadequate caretaking is difficult but necessary to develop policy and appropriate interventions. For policymakers, social agencies, and health and educational institutions, we recommend a suspension of judgment about the developmental outcome of cocaine-exposed babies until solid scientific data are available. Whatever the damage from prenatal exposure to cocaine may prove to be, outcome will not be improved by an attitude that assumes that exposed children cannot be helped or that they are different from other children.
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