A mixed-methods study of smoking attitudes and behaviors among dual-smoker stroke survivor–caregiver dyads

Michael J. McCarthy, Wendi S. Craddock, Shauna P. Acquavita, Kalyn Black

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Abstract

Although cigarette smoking is a major contributor to continued health problems after stroke, the majority of stroke survivors do not quit smoking. This may be due in part to the high rate of smoking among committed partners of stroke survivors. This study investigated the experiences of 11 dual-smoker stroke survivor–caregiver dyads, identifying themes which may be useful for understanding this entrenched population: managing the addiction as a dyad; conflicting feelings about whether smoking is an individual versus mutual concern; and dyad-level barriers and facilitators of quitting. We also present specific cessation strategies that dual-smoker dyads participating in the study described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1659-1667
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume23
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • dual-smoker dyads
  • mixed-methods
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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