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Perceptions of self, self-esteem, and the adolescent smoker

May, Carl (1999) Perceptions of self, self-esteem, and the adolescent smoker Health Education Journal, 58, (3), pp. 211-217. (doi:10.1177/001789699905800302).

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Adolescent tobacco use remains a key problem in health education and health promotion. The continuing growth of youthful smoking and other substance use is often explained by appeal to global psychological variables such as self- esteem, where the young smoker is assumed to smoke, drink, or take drugs to compensate for low levels of self-esteem. This paper sets out a brief critique of the deployment of 'self-esteem' as a global variable in understanding adolescent smoking, and argues for a more complex vision of self-identity as a means of connecting young people's ideas about themselves with their concrete health behaviours.

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Published date: September 1999


Local EPrints ID: 163409
ISSN: 0017-8969
PURE UUID: 6eaa8d72-0ac1-448c-8dbe-af3cb6af2c36
ORCID for Carl May: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 15 Sep 2010 13:16
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:31

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