Stages of smoking acquisition of young Taiwanese adolescents: Self-efficacy and decisional balance

Huey Shys Chen, Sharon D. Horner, Melanie S. Percy, Jiunn Jye Sheu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

The objective of this study was to assess relationships of the stages of smoking acquisition with self-efficacy and decisional balance in young Taiwanese adolescents. A random sample of 401 students was recruited. Students who were at the precontemplation stage had higher self-efficacy to resist smoking initiation than those who were at the decision-making or maintenance stages. Ratings of benefits of smoking were significantly higher for those in the maintenance stage than in the precontemplation or decision-making stages. In a discriminant function analysis, self-efficacy and decisional balance correctly predicted 77.4% of membership in the three stages. Health educators could use stage-specific skills and strategies based on self-efficacy and decision balance constructs to develop smoking prevention programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-129
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Apr

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Stages of smoking acquisition of young Taiwanese adolescents: Self-efficacy and decisional balance'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this