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ERIC Number: EJ1262560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Alcohol Use by People with an Intellectual Disability in Aotearoa/New Zealand: The Protective Influence of Family and Social and Support Networks
Gee, Grahame; Conder, Jenny; Adamson, Simon
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v48 n3 p216-223 Sep 2020
Background: The move to community living has increased access to alcohol for people with an intellectual disability. The literature on alcohol usage in this population is sparse, and no research has investigated the experience of alcohol consumption in Aotearoa/New Zealand for people with an intellectual disability. Methods: The aim of this study was to investigate the experiences and patterns of alcohol use amongst individuals with a mild intellectual disability living in the community in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Ten people who self-identified as consuming alcohol were recruited through a self-advocacy group. Following semi-structured interviews with each person, transcripts were qualitatively analysed using Braun and Clarke's ("Qualitative Research in Psychology," 2006, 3, 77) approach to identify the main themes. Results: Two major themes were identified. The theme "Drinking Patterns" recognised a low level of alcohol consumption amongst the participants, while the second theme "Influences on Drinking Behaviour" demonstrated the importance of their social network on promoting and reinforcing low levels of alcohol consumption as well as the influence of television and advertising. Conclusion: The social and support network operates as a key protective factor influencing the low levels of alcohol consumption by people with an intellectual disability reported in this study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand