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Children and cigarettes: The effect of a model who quits

Peterson, C.C. and Peterson, J.L. (1986) Children and cigarettes: The effect of a model who quits. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 7 (4). pp. 293-306.

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Twenty-six previous studies were reviewed which demonstrated a consistent link between children's smoking uptake and exposure at home to an actively smoking older family member. The present study included another variable: the family model of smoking cessation. The smoking practices, intentions, and attitudes of 344 children aged 10–14 in Western Australia were anonymously assessed. Those with ex-smokers but no active smokers at home resembled children who had never been exposed to a smoking family model in being less likely to smoke now or intend to in the future, having fewer smoking chums, and believing that cigarettes had more personal and social disadvantages than their peers who shared households with active smokers. This suggested that any pro-smoking modeling while the ex-smoker was active had been counteracted by modeling of quitting. Implications for intervention were discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier BV
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