The Role of Intrapersonal Factors on Alcohol and Drug Use Among Latinos With Physical Disabilities

David Cordova, Ruben Parra-Cardona, Adrian Blow, Deborah J. Johnson, Guillermo Prado, Hiram E. Fitzgerald

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Persons with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by alcohol and drug use. Social work best practice approaches require an understanding of the effects of intrapersonal factors on alcohol and drug use, yet the theoretical and empirical literature remain underdeveloped, especially among ethnic minority populations. We sought to obtain a detailed description of the role of intrapersonal factors, including perceptions and life experiences, on alcohol and drug use among Latinos with physical disabilities. We employed community-based participatory research in conjunction with photovoice. A total of 17 focus group interviews were completed. Three rounds of photography and focus group interviews occurred with a total of 28 participants who participated in each round. Data analyses followed the tenets of descriptive phenomenology. Results highlight intrapersonal risk and protective factors to inform social work practice and work toward developing and evaluating alcohol and drug use preventive interventions for this overlooked and vulnerable population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-268
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2013


  • community-based participatory research
  • disability
  • Latino/Hispanic
  • photovoice
  • social work
  • substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation


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