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Changes in adolescent smoking behaviour and knowledge of health consequences of smoking

Mazanov, Jason; Byrne, Donald

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Strategies designed to prevent uptake or provoke cessation in adolescent smoking often include components educating adolescents on the health consequences of smoking. This paper assessed whether the level of knowledge an adolescent has about the health consequences of smoking (health literacy) covaried with changes in smoking behaviour over time. The data, derived from a 12-month longitudinal study of adolescent smoking, showed that smokers appeared to have a higher level of health literacy...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMazanov, Jason
dc.contributor.authorByrne, Donald
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:18:49Z
dc.identifier.issn0004-9530
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/31520
dc.description.abstractStrategies designed to prevent uptake or provoke cessation in adolescent smoking often include components educating adolescents on the health consequences of smoking. This paper assessed whether the level of knowledge an adolescent has about the health consequences of smoking (health literacy) covaried with changes in smoking behaviour over time. The data, derived from a 12-month longitudinal study of adolescent smoking, showed that smokers appeared to have a higher level of health literacy about smoking than non-smokers. The data suggested that health literacy was unrelated to uptake or cessation of smoking behaviour. Given the observed relationship between knowledge and change in behaviour (knowing smoking was bad for them had no effect on uptake or cessation) the assumed role of health education to prevent or provoke changes in adolescent smoking was challenged.
dc.publisherAustralian Psychological Society
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Psychology
dc.subjectKeywords: Adolescent smoking; Change; Health literacy; Longitudinal
dc.titleChanges in adolescent smoking behaviour and knowledge of health consequences of smoking
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume59
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor170106 - Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
local.identifier.ariespublicationU9312950xPUB83
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMazanov, Jason, University of New South Wales, ADFA
local.contributor.affiliationByrne, Donald, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage176
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage180
local.identifier.doi10.1080/00049530701541202
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T08:19:30Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-35148878348
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