Gender differences in characteristics and outcomes of smokers diagnosed with psychosis participating in a smoking cessation intervention

Sacha Louise Filia, Amanda Baker, Caroline Gurvich, Robyn L Richmond, Terry J Lewin, Jayashri Kulkarni

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While research has identified gender differences in characteristics and outcomes of smokers in the general population, no studies have examined this among smokers with psychosis. This study aimed to explore gender differences among 298 smokers with psychosis (schizophrenia, schizoaffective and bipolar affective disorder) participating in a smoking intervention study. Results revealed a general lack of gender differences on a range of variables for smokers with psychosis including reasons for smoking/quitting, readiness and motivation to quit, use of nicotine replacement therapy, and smoking outcomes including point prevalence or continuous abstinence, and there were no significant predictors of smoking reduction status according to gender at any of the follow-up time-points. The current study did find that female smokers with psychosis were significantly more likely than males to report that they smoked to prevent weight gain. Furthermore, the females reported significantly more reasons for quitting smoking and were more likely to be driven by extrinsic motivators to quit such as immediate reinforcement and social influence, compared to the male smokers with psychosis. Clinical implications include specifically focussing on weight issues and enhancing intrinsic motivation to quit smoking for female smokers with psychosis; and strengthening reasons for quitting among males with psychosis. ? 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586 - 593
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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