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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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|
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
|Deposited By:||Dr Barbara Stewart-Knox|
|Deposited On:||04 Feb 2010 16:11|
|Last Modified:||04 Feb 2010 16:11|
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