Smoking during pregnancy: where next for stage-based interventions?

Lawrence, Wendy T. and Haslam, Cheryl (2007) Smoking during pregnancy: where next for stage-based interventions? Journal of Health Psychology, 12, (1), 159-169. (doi:10.1177/1359105307071750).


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Pregnancy is a 'window of opportunity' for encouraging positive behaviour change, such as quitting smoking. Associations have been shown between smoking stage of change and other health behaviour during pregnancy. For example, women in the precontemplative stage have poorer assessment of risks associated with smoking, feel less personally responsible for their unborn child's health and in turn are less likely to adopt health-promoting behaviour. Stage of change models are a popular tool within the health services, but the results of stage-based smoking cessation interventions are mixed. Identifying the crucial components of effective interventions is an important imperative for research in this area. This article reviews the literature to ascertain these components and makes recommendations for designing effective interventions.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1359-1053 (print)
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Keywords: smoking,child, health services, review, research, risk, health, women, pregnancy
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
ePrint ID: 61322
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:50

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