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Title: Meanings of smoking among adolescents in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Authors: Randy M. Page
Jiraporn Suwanteerangkul
Rebecca Ricks
Maria Kemeny
Keywords: Medicine
Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2011
Abstract: The Meanings of Smoking Index-2 (MSI-2) was administered to 2516 Thai adolescents in an urban, suburban, rural, and vocational high school. Factor analysis identified six meanings of smoking factor domains: coping, social image, stimulation, weight, independence, and difficulty refusing smoking. Logistic regression analyses determined that the strongest positive association with smoking behavior and ever smoking was the coping domain, and coping was also positively associated with susceptibility to smoking. The individual meaning item which most differentiated current smokers from nonsmokers was "keeps from being bored" and the dimension of stimulation (gives more energy, helps to concentrate, helps to study, gives something to do) was positively associated with current smoking. Findings suggest that meanings of smoking is important because it can provide guidance to health educators and other health professionals in tailoring smoking prevention and cessation interventions by identifying and targeting meanings that are salient within specific adolescent populations. © 2011, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.
ISSN: 15413519
Appears in Collections:CMUL: Journal Articles

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