Deborah Louise Sinclair

Deborah Louise Sinclair
Ghent University | UGhent · Special Needs Education (Recovery + Addiction Research Cluster)

PhD (Psychology + Educational Sciences)

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Publications (25)
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Substitute addictions – addictions that replace terminated substance use disorders (SUDs) – involving addictive behaviours such as a new substance, food/eating, gambling, shopping, or sex, have implications for recovery but remain poorly understood. While extant studies suggest a multifaceted aetiology, research is needed to illuminate the nature,...
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Behavioral addictions are highly comorbid with substance use disorders, presenting in as many as 54% of service users receiving substance use treatment. Few studies have examined whether treatment centers are attentive to such other addictions, which may undermine treatment. This study examined the mention and treatment of behavioral addictions on...
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The purpose of this study is to explore the factors that youth identify as contributing to alcohol consumption, and more specifically its relation to risky sexual behaviour among youth. We employed an exploratory qualitative method using focus group discussions with 34 young people between the ages of 18-25-years-old in low socio-economic status co...
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In this report, we focus on the factors that influenced the maintenance of an intervention for safety, peace and health in Early Childhood Development one year post-implementation in an informal settlement in Johannesburg, South Africa. We followed a qualitative methodological framework and collected the data via two semi-structured focus group dis...
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The dynamics of substitute behaviors and associated factors remain poorly understood globally, and particularly in low- and middle-income contexts. This prospective study describes the prevalence and types of substitute behaviors as well as predictors, correlates, and motivations associated with substitution in persons (n = 137) admitted to residen...
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Home visitation is an intervention approach for families at risk of poor child outcomes. Negative outcomes include malnutrition, the risk of unintentional injuries, and child maltreatment, to mention a few. The effectiveness, appropriateness, and feasibility of Home Visitation Programmes (HVPs) remain under-researched in middle-to low-income settin...
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Background: Substitute addictions, addictive behaviors that sequentially replace each other’s functions, have implications for recovery trajectories but remain poorly understood. We sought to scope the extent, range, and characteristics of research on substitute addictions in persons with substance use disorders. Method: Using Arksey and O’Malley’s...
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The overarching aim of this study was to validate the Afrikaans version of Snyder’s (1997) Children’s Hope Scale in a sample of children from Cape Town, South Africa. Within this process, the study aimed to test the measurement invariance across the English and Afrikaans language versions. The study used a cross-sectional survey design, with a two-...
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The global spread of COVID-19, subsequent stay-at-home requirements, spatial distancing measures, and long-term isolation present additional challenges for persons in recovery. Using an illustrative case from South Africa, we discuss COVID-19 related pornography use through the lens of relapse and substitute addiction. South Africa is the epicenter...
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The study aimed to determine the relation between adolescents' subjective well-being and career aspirations. The study further aimed to determine the extent to which social support mediates this relation. The sample comprised 1082 adolescents in Grades 8-11, selected from schools located in low socioeconomic status communities in Cape Town, South A...
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The study aimed to ascertain the relation between children’s participation in daily activities, engaging with family and friends and their subjective well-being (SWB); and to ascertain the extent to which the nature of the relation differs across three age groups (8, 10 and 12), gender, and geographical context (urban and rural). The study used dat...
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Objective: The increased life expectancy of people living with HIV has brought about an increase in serodiscordant couples, in which there is risk of HIV transmission. Therefore, interventions that promote sexual health and reduce risk are critical to develop for these couples. Given the disproportionate burden of HIV among populations of color, it...
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This study aimed to test the overall fit structure and reliability of scores from the Afrikaans version of the Children’s Hope Scale. The validation sample comprised of 899 adolescent learners selected from 12 schools located in the Western Cape province of South Africa (female = 54%, male = 46%; age range = 13 to 16, M = 13.12, SD = 2.01). Confirm...
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The chapter aims to briefly sketch the extent of Quality of Life (QoL) research relating to children in South Africa, to introduce the shift to subjective QoL, and to propose a syllabus for training emerging researchers for conducting QoL research with children. It proceeds by elaborating on the shift toward and extent of QoL research in South Afri...
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In the current South African socio-political framework children have been afforded the highest priority within government. Not only have the rights and needs of children been entrenched in the development strategies of the government, but children themselves have been guaranteed socio-economic rights and protection from abuse, exploitation, and neg...
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The goal of this study was to illustrate the development and utility of a community violence surveillance methodology, as a component of a larger participatory violence prevention project in a low-income South African community. Using focus group discussions, data were collected from 12 community and academic research partners. These discussions we...
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This study explored addiction treatment implementation effectiveness of publicly-funded services in the Western Cape, South Africa, as perceived by service providers. Informants were six service providers from state-subsidised and public outpatient treatment services for substance use disorders (SUDs) (social workers = 4, registered counsellor = 1,...
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Dynamic violence and injury prevention interventions located within community settings raise evaluation challenges by virtue of their complex structure, focus, and aims. They try to address many risk factors simultaneously, are often overlapped in their implementation, and their implementation may be phased over time. This article proposes a statis...
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Background This study describes the implementation and evaluation of a safety and peace promotion intervention for children attending Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in a low-income community in South Africa. The intervention comprised of teacher training to administer lessons on poisoning, burn, traffic safety and peacemaking skills to t...
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The study aimed to explore adolescents’ perceptions of how urban contemporary music influences health and well-being among them. Data on health and well-being effects of music consumption were gathered from a convenience sample of 16 participants (male = 50%, females = 50%) between the ages of 15 and 17 in a series of two focus group interviews. Th...
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In the context of a call for public health research to address social challenges and transform communities and society, research translation has increasingly become an imperative in South Africa. Research translation seeks to improve real-world settings and enhance quality of life by applying research-generated knowledge. These goals are shared by...
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Background: Despite empirical support for the individual and public health benefits of treating substance use disorders (SUDs) , access to these services is impeded by several barriers. Although many studies on access barriers have been put forward in the literature, few have explored the barriers to accessing state-funded inpatient substance abus...

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A Ph.D. study seeking to explore the nature and dynamics of substitute addictions (supervisors: Professors Wouter Vanderplasschen, Steve Sussman, Shazly Savahl, and Maria Florence)