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ERIC Number: EJ1143298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Tobacco and Alcohol Use in People with Mild/Moderate Intellectual Disabilities: Giving Voice to Their Health Promotion Needs
Kerr, Susan; Lawrence, Maggie; Middleton, Alan R.; Fitzsimmons, Lorna; Darbyshire, Christopher
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v30 n4 p612-626 Jul 2017
Background: Concerns have been raised about the use/misuse of tobacco and alcohol by people with mild/moderate intellectual disabilities. Aiming to address an identified gap in the current evidence base, this study sought to gain an understanding of the tobacco- and alcohol-related health promotion needs of this client group. Methods: Informed by the principles of social cognitive theory, data were collected using focus group and telephone interviews. Participants were 16 people with intellectual disabilities, two family carers and 15 health and social care professionals. Data were analysed using the Framework approach. Findings: Four themes were described: being like others; social and emotional influences; understandings, misunderstandings and learning from experience; and choices and challenges. Reasons for smoking and drinking alcohol echoed those of the general population; however, health promotion needs were more complex (e.g. linked to problems with consequential thinking; low levels of self-efficacy). Conclusion: This article provides insight into the tobacco- and alcohol-related health promotion needs of people with intellectual disabilities. There is a need for integrated service provision that addresses both personal and environmental influences on behaviour.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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