Smokers' representations of their own smoking: a Q-methodological study

Collins, Patricia, Maguire, Moira and O'Dell, Lindsay (2002) Smokers' representations of their own smoking: a Q-methodological study Journal of Health Psychology, 7 (6). pp. 641-652. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

Little work has addressed how smokers represent their own smoking rather than smoking in general. Research has identified a huge number of variables that contribute to smoking, yet not much is known about how smokers 'make sense' of these and construct explanations of the factors that contribute to their own smoking. This study used Q-methodology to investigate smokers' own representations of their smoking behaviour. Analysis revealed four main factors: smoking as a social tool; the dual identity smoker; reactionary smoking; and smoking as a social event. We argue that an understanding of the diversity of smokers' representations and explanations of their own smoking could play a useful role in developing more effective targeted interventions.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: own smoking, Q-methodology, representations, smokers
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): DOI: 10.1177/1359105302007006868
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2009
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2010 11:28
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377

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