The association between teacher attitudes, behavioral intentions, and smoking and the prevalence of smoking among seventh-grade students

Adolescence. Fall 1992;27(107):565-78.

Abstract

Seventh-grade students and teachers from twenty-three middle and junior high schools were surveyed to determine the association between teacher attitudes, behavioral intentions, and smoking behavior and the prevalence of student smoking. Teacher attitudes toward smoking policies were found to be strongly related to the current smoking behavior of the teacher but not consistently related to student smoking. In addition, teacher likelihood of intervening showed a modest association with teacher smoking status, with current smokers generally indicating being the least likely to intervene for student possession or use of cigarettes. Teacher intentions to intervene were strongly associated with the prevalence of smoking among boys but not girls.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Adult
  • Attitude*
  • Female
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Schools
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Teaching*