Young women as smokers and non-smokers: A qualitative social identity approach

Lennon, Alexia J., Gallois, Cindy, Owen, Neville, & McDermott, Liane (2005) Young women as smokers and non-smokers: A qualitative social identity approach. Qualitative Health Research, 15(10), pp. 1345-1359.

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A social identity perspective was used to explore young women's perceptions of smoking. Thirteen focus groups and 6 intercept interviews with women aged 16-28 years old were carried out in regards to the social identities that may influence young women’s smoking behavior. Three identities emerged: the "cool smoker" applied to the initiation of smoking; "considerate" smokers, who were older addicted smokers; and the actual and anticipated "good mother" identity which applied to young women who quit smoking during pregnancy. These identities add to our understanding of the meaning of smoking within the lives of young women and may allow more focused initiatives with this group to prevent the progression to regular addicted smoking.

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ID Code: 5984
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: smoking reduction, young women, social identity, health behavior, qualitative research, focus groups, australian
DOI: 10.1177/1049732305277844
ISSN: 1552-7557
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:11

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