Self-efficacy for smoking cessation counseling parents in primary care: an office-based intervention for pediatricians and family physicians

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2007 Apr;46(3):252-7. doi: 10.1177/0009922806290694.


Few pediatricians or family physicians routinely counsel parental smokers to quit smoking. Poor self-efficacy in smoking cessation counseling skills may be one barrier to counseling. Analysis of self-efficacy scores of physicians participating in the Clean Air for Healthy Children program demonstrates that pediatricians had higher self-efficacy scores for explaining the health risks of environmental tobacco smoke on children (P < .05); family physicians had higher self-efficacy scores for smoking cessation counseling knowledge (P < .05). Posttraining, both pediatricians and family physicians who participated in an office-based smoking cessation counseling program had significantly higher scores in all 4 self-efficacy domains (P < .01).

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Counseling*
  • Family Practice / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parents / education
  • Pediatrics / standards
  • Primary Health Care / standards*
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Risk Assessment
  • Self Efficacy
  • Self-Evaluation Programs
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution