Pathways linking socioeconomic status and postpartum smoking relapse

Ann Behav Med. 2013 Apr;45(2):180-91. doi: 10.1007/s12160-012-9434-x.


Background: Low socioeconomic status (SES) exacerbates the high rate of smoking relapse in women following childbirth.

Purpose: This study examined multiple models of potential mechanisms linking SES and postpartum smoking relapse among women who quit smoking due to pregnancy.

Methods: Participants were 251 women enrolled in a randomized clinical trial of a new postpartum smoking relapse prevention intervention. Four models of the prepartum mechanisms linking SES and postpartum smoking relapse were evaluated using a latent variable modeling approach.

Results: Each of the hypothesized models were a good fit for the data. As hypothesized, SES indirectly influenced postpartum smoking relapse through increased prepartum negative affect/stress, reduced sense of agency, and increased craving for cigarettes. However, the model that included craving as the sole final pathway between SES and relapse demonstrated superior fit when compared with all other models.

Conclusions: Findings have implications for future interventions that aim to reduce postpartum relapse.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Affect
  • Behavior, Addictive / economics
  • Behavior, Addictive / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological
  • Postpartum Period / psychology*
  • Smoking / economics*
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Social Class*