From adolescence to adulthood: Age-related changes in beliefs about cigarette smoking in a midwestern community sample

Laurie Chassin, Clark Presson, Jennifer S. Rose, Steven J. Sherman

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Abstract

The current study used a cohort-sequential design to examine age-related changes in health-relevant beliefs from the middle school years through age 37 in a large, midwestern, community sample (N = 8,556). Results suggest systematic age-related changes such that beliefs in the personalized risks of smoking declined in middle school and then increased, beliefs in generalized health risks increased beginning in the middle school years, and values placed on health as an outcome decreased in the high school years and then increased. These findings suggest that intervention programs must counter declining personalized risk perceptions among middle school students and declining values placed on health among high school age students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-386
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Beliefs
  • Developmental change
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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