School dropouts' attitudes and beliefs about smoking

Psychol Rep. 1998 Jun;82(3 Pt 1):984-6. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1998.82.3.984.


The purpose of this study was to examine the association of beliefs and attitude related to smoking and smoking behavior among school dropouts in a national sample (weighted N = 492,352). The self-reported smoking rate for school dropouts was 58.3%. Those who were most positive about smoking (such as smoking helps people reduce stress and relax, reduce boredom) were more likely to be smokers (p < .05). Smoking programs targeting this population should provide coping skills and an environment with options for relaxing, managing stress, and safe weight control.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Student Dropouts / psychology*