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Adolescents with attitude ... changes in views about smoking over time.
Health Promot J Austr. 2008 Aug; 19(2):109-12.HP

Abstract

ISSUE ADDRESSED

Adolescents who experiment with smoking often develop into long-term, dependent smokers. Appropriate youth smoking prevention strategies require an understanding of the predictors of smoking (e.g. attitudes and beliefs) and the amenability of these to change over time.

METHOD

A secondary analysis of 'Smarter than Smoking' evaluation data from a series of cross-sectional surveys conducted over six years (1999-2005). The study sample comprised 683, 14-15 year-old Western Australians residing across Perth. Basic descriptive statistics were calculated, accompanied by main effects logistic regression.

RESULTS

Significant changes were observed between 1999 and 2005 in key attitudes and beliefs relating to smoking, with a strengthening in agreement with statements relating to the smell, cost and effects on fitness. For several attitudes and beliefs however, no change or a weakening of agreement was observed over time.

CONCLUSIONS

Overall, this study found support for a strengthening in smoking-related attitudes and beliefs over the six year period (1999 to 2005). A number of the attitudinal and belief changes corresponded to messages targeted by Smarter than Smoking's communication objectives and media strategies. Attitudes and beliefs that did not change significantly over time were more likely to relate to consequences of smoking not directly targeted by the project.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia. jenna.mitchell@meddent.uwa.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18647123

Citation

Mitchell, Jenna, et al. "Adolescents With Attitude ... Changes in Views About Smoking Over Time." Health Promotion Journal of Australia : Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, vol. 19, no. 2, 2008, pp. 109-12.
Mitchell J, Rosenberg M, Wood L. Adolescents with attitude ... changes in views about smoking over time. Health Promot J Austr. 2008;19(2):109-12.
Mitchell, J., Rosenberg, M., & Wood, L. (2008). Adolescents with attitude ... changes in views about smoking over time. Health Promotion Journal of Australia : Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, 19(2), 109-12.
Mitchell J, Rosenberg M, Wood L. Adolescents With Attitude ... Changes in Views About Smoking Over Time. Health Promot J Austr. 2008;19(2):109-12. PubMed PMID: 18647123.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Adolescents with attitude ... changes in views about smoking over time. AU - Mitchell,Jenna, AU - Rosenberg,Michael, AU - Wood,Lisa, PY - 2008/7/24/pubmed PY - 2008/10/24/medline PY - 2008/7/24/entrez SP - 109 EP - 12 JF - Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals JO - Health Promot J Austr VL - 19 IS - 2 N2 - ISSUE ADDRESSED: Adolescents who experiment with smoking often develop into long-term, dependent smokers. Appropriate youth smoking prevention strategies require an understanding of the predictors of smoking (e.g. attitudes and beliefs) and the amenability of these to change over time. METHOD: A secondary analysis of 'Smarter than Smoking' evaluation data from a series of cross-sectional surveys conducted over six years (1999-2005). The study sample comprised 683, 14-15 year-old Western Australians residing across Perth. Basic descriptive statistics were calculated, accompanied by main effects logistic regression. RESULTS: Significant changes were observed between 1999 and 2005 in key attitudes and beliefs relating to smoking, with a strengthening in agreement with statements relating to the smell, cost and effects on fitness. For several attitudes and beliefs however, no change or a weakening of agreement was observed over time. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, this study found support for a strengthening in smoking-related attitudes and beliefs over the six year period (1999 to 2005). A number of the attitudinal and belief changes corresponded to messages targeted by Smarter than Smoking's communication objectives and media strategies. Attitudes and beliefs that did not change significantly over time were more likely to relate to consequences of smoking not directly targeted by the project. SN - 1036-1073 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18647123/full_citation/Adolescents_with_attitude_____changes_in_views_about_smoking_over_time_ L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=1036-1073&date=2008&volume=19&issue=2&spage=109 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -