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Behav Modif. 2011 Jul;35(4):323-46. doi: 10.1177/0145445511404840. Epub 2011 Apr 18.

Targeting body image schema for smoking cessation among college females: rationale, program description, and pilot study results.

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Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA.


Smoking among young adults is a significant public health problem. Despite the negative health effects, many young women smoke for weight and body image reasons. Understanding the factors that prompt young women to initiate and continue smoking is important for designing smoking cessation interventions. The aim of the current article is to outline a potential pathway for smoking behavior among young women, specifically applying a cognitive bias framework previously used to describe disordered eating behaviors. This article provides the rationale for using two different treatments targeting body image schema among female smokers. The authors describe the development, feasibility, and acceptability of these two treatment approaches among a sample of female college smokers (N = 24). Preliminary pilot data are presented as well as the significance and implications for future clinical interventions.

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