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Title: THE YOUNG SINGAPOREAN SMOKERS: FACTORS INFLUENCING SMOKING BEHAVIOUR
Authors: CHEONG LEI YIN
Keywords: adolescents, smokers, Singaporean, structural equation modelling, mixed methodology
Issue Date: 27-Jul-2010
Source: CHEONG LEI YIN (2010-07-27). THE YOUNG SINGAPOREAN SMOKERS: FACTORS INFLUENCING SMOKING BEHAVIOUR. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Smoking among young people is a re-emerging epidemic in Singapore despite a social context of strong anti-smoking norms. Why did young Singaporeans smoke? What puts the ¿at risk for risk¿? This thesis examines the reasons for adolescent smoking. A structural equation model was constructed to examine the associations and interplay of social structural factors, social environmental factors (e.g. family, school and peer bonding), social influence and social cognitions on smoking status of adolescents. Further to this, a qualitative study was conducted to explore the meaning of smoking from young smokers¿ perspectives. This research identified direct and indirect social factors influencing adolescent smoking behaviour. Social environmental factors were distal factors influencing behaviour but played an important role in shaping adolescents¿ cognitions. Young smokers perceived smoking as a social behaviour. In justifying their decision to smoke, they practised lay epidemiology to make sense of their observations and experiences. Based on these results, a social ecological approach to smoking prevention was suggested.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/25067
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