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Smoking, pregnancy and stigma in England: challenges of an incentivised smoking cessation programme

Callender, M., Fang, M. L., Sixsmith, J. and Huber, J. (2014) Smoking, pregnancy and stigma in England: challenges of an incentivised smoking cessation programme. European Health Psychologist. 16(Supp.) 2225-6962.

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Abstract: Smoking is understood to be the primary cause of preventable morbidity and premature death in the UK. In Northamptonshire, UK, rate of smoking among adults was 20.9% (~ 144,607 people) in 2011/12. Among pregnant women, rate of smoking at time of birth was higher in Northamptonshire (16%) compared to the national average (13.2%) in 2011/12. Figures suggest the need to generate new knowledge and understandings on how to safely and effectively help women, particularly those living in the margins of society, with tobacco addiction. This presentation discusses how pregnant women who smoke face multiple layers of stigmatization in relation to gender, age, and socio-economic status and how these act as either facilitators or barriers to accessing services. A mixed quantitative (cross-sectional analysis) and qualitative (in-depth interviews) approach was applied to assess aggregated effectiveness of the program and understand individual-level positive and negative experiences of the program. Findings report gendered influences on smoking such as partner influence, socioeconomic impact of lone-motherhood and individual, societal and structural stigma surrounding mothers that smoke.
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R726.7 Health psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV5725 Tobacco habit > HV5746 Women
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics > RG600 The embryo and fetus > RG627.6.T6 Effect of tobacco
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics > RG940 Maternal care. Prenatal care services
Creators: Callender, Matthew, Fang, Mei Lan, Sixsmith, Judith and Huber, Jorg
Publisher: Open Journal Systems
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Health
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Research Centres > Centre for Health Sciences and Services
Date: 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: European Health Psychologist
Volume: 16
Number: Supp.
Language: English
ISSN: 2225-6962
Status: Published / Disseminated

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