Sociodemographic and smoking-related psychosocial predictors of smoking behavior change among high school smokers

Addict Behav. 2008 Feb;33(2):354-8. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2007.09.012. Epub 2007 Sep 8.


The purpose of the study was to explore whether sociodemographic characteristics and baseline psychosocial factors were related to short-term smoking cessation and reduction, after controlling for the effects of participating in a virtual world, Internet chat room intervention. Results indicate that smoking-related psychosocial factors are important predictors of adolescent smoking cessation and reduction, independent of the effects of participating in the intervention. Self-efficacy for quitting, social support, and perceived benefits of quitting was related to positive short-term changes in smoking behavior.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Self Efficacy
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Social Support
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted