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NCJ Number: 236586 Find in a Library
Title: How Distinct Are the Stages of Change for Smoking Cessation?: A Comparison of the Stages of Change and the Contemplation Ladder Using an Adolescent Sample
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:41  Issue:3  Dated:Summer 2011  Pages:419-440
Author(s): Thaddeus Herzog; Rohini Komarla
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The hypothesis tested in the current study was that the systematic misclassiciation by the stage of change for smoking cessation results in stages that blend together smokers varying widely in motivation to quit.
Abstract: The stage of change approach to smoking cessation posits that smokers can be divided into categories based on the extent to which they are motivated to quit smoking. Recent research, however, suggests that the stage of change algorithm systematically misclassifies smokers by underestimating motivation to quit. The authors tested the hypothesis of the current study by contrasting the stages of change with the contemplation ladder (an alternative measure of motivation to quit smoking) using cross-sectional data on 10 cessation-relevant variables. The sample consisted of 401 adolescent smokers. The results were consistent with the hypothesis. The cross-sectional analyses indicated that the contemplation ladder is a more discriminating measure of motivation to quit, and that the stage of change algorithm is an unnecessarily imprecise instrument. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Attitude change; Behavior modification; Behavior patterns; Change management; Tobacco use
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