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Psychol Rep. 1998 Jun;82(3 Pt 1):984-6.

School dropouts' attitudes and beliefs about smoking.

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University of Alabama, USA. mwang@bama.ua.edu

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the association of beliefs and attitude related to smoking and smoking behavior among school dropouts in a national sample (weighted N = 492,352). The self-reported smoking rate for school dropouts was 58.3%. Those who were most positive about smoking (such as smoking helps people reduce stress and relax, reduce boredom) were more likely to be smokers (p < .05). Smoking programs targeting this population should provide coping skills and an environment with options for relaxing, managing stress, and safe weight control.

PMID:
9676508
DOI:
10.2466/pr0.1998.82.3.984
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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