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Hard boys, attractive girls: expressions of gender in young people's conversations on smoking in Northern Ireland

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Rugkasa, J, Stewart-Knox, Barbara J., Sittlington, J, Abaunza, PS and Treacy, MP (2003) Hard boys, attractive girls: expressions of gender in young people's conversations on smoking in Northern Ireland. HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL, 18 (4). pp. 307-314. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dag404

Abstract

Health behaviour and attitudes among young people can be interpreted within the context of personal and social identity. This paper explores ways in which 10- to 11-year-olds in Northern Ireland expressed perceptions of gender ideology while discussing the topic of smoking. The data were gathered by means of in-depth interviews (n = 85). Although few had tried smoking, the positive quality of their own gender appeared to be expressed through negative assessment of smokers of the opposite gender, and on different ideas of perceived gender dimensions in adult smoking. In order to deliver successful health promotion interventions, it is crucial to understand and address differences based on gender as it may partly explain differences in smoking experimentation and prevalence.

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
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
ID Code:11368
Deposited By:Dr Barbara Stewart-Knox
Deposited On:05 Feb 2010 09:36
Last Modified:12 Mar 2013 16:02

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