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Development of a Smoke-free Homes Intervention for Parents: An Intervention Mapping Approach


Rachel O'Donnell ,

University of Stirling , GB
About Rachel
Dr Rachel O'Donnell is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling. After completing her first degree in Psychology, and her PhD on Quality of life and Severe Neurological Disability at the University of Roehampton, London, Rachel moved to Edinburgh and worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh. Over the past 15 years Rachel has worked extensively in tobacco control. She has research expertise relating to the development of health behaviour change interventions, and her recent research focuses on interventions aimed at reducing children's exposure to second-hand smoke in the home. Rachel has qualitative research expertise, and has a long track-record of conducting research with health service users, and with individuals living in areas of social disadvantage. Rachel has a number of publications in the area of smoke-free homes research.
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Ruaraidh Dobson,

University of Stirling, GB
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Marijn de Bruin,

University of Aberdeen , GB
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Stephen Turner,

University of Aberdeen, GB
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Lorna Booth,

Glasgow Caledonian University, GB
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Sean Semple

University of Stirling, GB
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Exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) is associated with various ill-health outcomes for children and adults. Barriers to creating a smoke-free home (SFH) are well-documented. Feasible and effective interventions to create smoke-free homes (SFHs) for disadvantaged households are lacking. Interventions that include providing parents with objective information about the impact of smoking on air quality in their home may be particularly effective. This study describes the development of a novel, theory- and evidence-based SFHs intervention using objectively-assessed air quality feedback. The intervention was developed using the Intervention Mapping (IM) approach. Literature reviews, qualitative interviews, and stakeholder engagement were combined with behaviour (change) theory to complete the needs assessment, set programme objectives, identify behaviour change methods, and develop intervention materials. The AFRESH intervention is modular, and designed to be delivered face-to-face by health/care professionals. It includes up to five meetings with parents, two sets of five days’ air quality monitoring and feedback, and educational, motivational, and goal settings techniques. Further research is needed to evaluate the acceptability and effectiveness of the AFRESH intervention, and which specific groups of parents this intervention will most likely benefit. IM was a useful framework for developing this complex intervention. This paper does not present evaluation findings.
How to Cite: O'Donnell, R., Dobson, R., de Bruin, M., Turner, S., Booth, L. and Semple, S., 2019. Development of a Smoke-free Homes Intervention for Parents: An Intervention Mapping Approach. Health Psychology Bulletin, 3(1), p.None.
Published on 02 Sep 2019.
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