A theoretical model for smoking prevention studies in preteen children.

T. W. McGahee, V. Kemp, M. Tingen

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Abstract

The age of the onset of smoking is on a continual decline, with the prime age of tobacco use initiation being 12-14 years. A weakness of the limited research conducted on smoking prevention programs designed for preteen children (ages 10-12) is a well-defined theoretical basis. A theoretical perspective is needed in order to make a meaningful transition from empirical analysis to application of knowledge. Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory (1977, 1986), the Theory of Reasoned Action (Ajzen & Fishbein, 1980), and other literature linking various concepts to smoking behaviors in preteens were used to develop a model that may be useful for smoking prevention studies in preteen children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-138, 141
JournalPediatric nursing
Volume26
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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