Senior Honors Theses

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School of Nursing


Nursing (B.S.N.)


prenatal, nicotine, alcohol, exposure, cognition, behavior, development


Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing | Medicine and Health Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Prenatal alcohol and nicotine exposure have well known physiological effects on the fetus. However, it is the goal of this thesis to inform the reader of of the deleterious effects that these substances can have on cognitive and behavioral development in children. A literature review in relation to this topic was conducted through online databases using key words. Though some of the results were inconsistent, enough evidence exists for women to be educated on the increased risks for cognitive and behavioral deficits in children exposed to alcohol and nicotine in utero.