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Am J Health Behav. 2015 Mar;39(2):157-66. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.39.2.1.

Subjective social status and readiness to quit among homeless smokers.

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1
The University of Houston, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Houston, TX, USA.
2
The University of Houston, College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology, Houston, TX, USA; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, USA. Lrreitzel@uh.edu.
3
The University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, Dallas, TX, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To explore the predictive value of subjective social status (SSS-US and SSS-Community) on readiness to quit among 245 homeless smokers.

METHODS:

Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted (stratified by sex).

RESULTS:

Higher SSS-US (p = .02) and SSS-Community (p < .001) predicted greater readiness to quit in the total sample. These relationships upheld for men (p's <. 01), but only SSS-Community predicted readiness to quit for women (p = .02).

CONCLUSIONS:

Higher SSS is associated with greater readiness to quit among homeless smokers. SSS-Community may be a more relevant index of SSS for women relative to SSS-US. Results suggest SSS may be a factor that contributes to smoking, disease, and health disparities.

PMID:
25564827
DOI:
10.5993/AJHB.39.2.1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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