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Children talking: Emerging perspectives and experiences of cigarette smoking

Treacy, Margaret (Pearl), Hyde, Abbey, Boland, Jennie, Whitaker, Teresa, Abaunza, Pilar Santos and Stewart-Knox, Barbara J. (2007) Children talking: Emerging perspectives and experiences of cigarette smoking. QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH, 17 (2). pp. 238-249. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/1049732306297679


Despite efforts to prevent the onset of smoking, the rate among older children remains high. In this article, the authors report on a longitudinal, qualitative study of 11- to 16-year-old children describing children's construction of what it means to be a smoker, the reasons given for children smoking, and their views of smoking behavior. Findings indicate that children adopt broad interpretations of what constitutes smoking behavior; although they strongly disapprove of children who smoke, they are less disapproving of older children or adult smokers and are increasingly tolerant of smoking behavior as they get older. Children's disapproval of smoking acts as a protective mechanism against smoking for younger participants. Participants' broad interpretation of what it means to be a cigarette smoker, their association of smoking with adulthood, and their increasing tolerance of and exposure to smoking behavior as they move into adolescence appears to increase susceptibility to becoming cigarette smokers.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:11388
Deposited By: Dr Barbara Stewart-Knox
Deposited On:04 Feb 2010 16:11
Last Modified:09 May 2016 10:59

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