Rated helpfulness and partner-reported smoking cessation support across the pregnancy-postpartum continuum.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Support interventions have not changed smoking cessation rates significantly. The pregnancy-postpartum continuum presents a unique opportunity to examine patterns of support. Expectant couples (N = 477) were surveyed twice during pregnancy and 3 times postpartum. Partners reported positive and negative smoking-specific support; women reported the helpfulness of partner support. Linear trends suggest that women viewed support as more helpful during pregnancy than during postpartum. Partners' provision of positive support across the continuum depended on their smoking; provision of negative support depended on women's smoking. Partners who smoked provided lower levels of both positive and negative support, especially postpartum. Women who smoked throughout the pregnancy perceived their partner's negative support as helpful. Implications are that partners who smoke may need help staying engaged in the support process. Partners may provide negative support in response to women's smoking cues. Women who are struggling with cessation may not view negative support as negative.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pollak, KI; Baucom, DH; Peterson, BL; Stanton, S; McBride, CM

Published Date

  • November 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 762 - 770

PubMed ID

  • 17100504

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-6133

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0278-6133.25.6.762


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States