The Fetal Alcohol Behavior Scale consists of 36 behavior characteristics found in persons with the fetal alcohol syndrome or with fetal alcohol exposure. These are independent of age, race, sex, and IQ.



(1) The questionnaire is completed by a person or caregiver familiar with the patient.

(2) Responses are "yes" or "no.

(3) The test has been given to patients ranging in age from childhood to middle age.


Does the person characteristically show the following behaviors? (yes or no)

(1) overreacts

(2) chats with no content

(3) unusual topic

(4) demands attention

(5) unaware of consequences

(6) incomplete tasks

(7) inappropriate outside of home

(8) likes to talk

(9) interrupts

(10) center of attention

(11) touches frequently

(12) can't play team

(13) can't take a hint

(14) sleeping problem

(15) poor manners

(16) overstimulated

(17) out of context

(18) klutzy

(19) hygiene problem

(20) physical loving (I read as "loves to be physical", as opposed to "physical in loving")

(21) repeats often

(22) messy

(23) talks fast

(24) inappropriate at home

(25) superficial friend

(26) fidgety

(27) poor judgment

(28) difficulty performing

(29) loud, unusual voice

(30) overly friendly

(31) loses things

(32) noise sensitive

(33) mood swings

(34) poor attention

(35) problems sexual functioning

(36) tries hard, but....


fetal alcohol behavior scale =

= SUM(number of "yes" responses)



• minimum score: 0

• maximum score: 36

• 80% of persons with the fetal alcohol syndrome or exposure had a score >= 12.

• Persons with the fetal alcohol syndrome who are able to live independently have scores up to about 20 (tails off to 24); the mean score was 8.5. Persons who are in a dependent living situation have scores from about 15 (tails down to 2) to 26 (tails to 36); the mean score was 21.5. (see page 330 and Figure 8 on page 332).


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