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Addict Behav. 2006 Dec;31(12):2223-37. Epub 2006 Mar 31.

Excuses to continue smoking: the role of disengagement beliefs in smoking cessation.

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Addiction Research Institute (IVO), Heemraadssingel 194, 3021 BD Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Kleinjan@ivo.nl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of disengagement beliefs in smoking cessation. The association of disengagement beliefs with forward transition through the transtheoretical stages of change and self-reported quitting were examined, with and without adjusting for processes of change.

METHODS:

A longitudinal survey was conducted among Dutch smokers, resulting in 367 respondents who completed two questionnaires, one at baseline and one at 8 months follow-up. Disengagement beliefs, intention to quit, actual quitting, and the processes of change were assessed.

RESULTS:

The findings showed that disengagement beliefs were negatively associated with forward stage transition and actual quitting. Processes of change only partly mediated these associations.

CONCLUSIONS:

Adhering to disengagement beliefs seems to be an inhibitor of progression towards smoking cessation and actual quitting, also after adjustment for processes of change.

PMID:
16580150
DOI:
10.1016/j.addbeh.2006.02.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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