Is pregnancy a teachable moment for smoking cessation among US Latino expectant fathers? A pilot study.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: Pregnancy may be a time when US Latino expectant fathers consider quitting smoking. A 'teachable moment' is theorized to increase motivation to change a behavior through increased risk perceptions, emotional responses, and changes in self-image. DESIGN: We recruited 30 Spanish-speaking expectant fathers through their pregnant partners. We assessed expectant fathers' diet, exercise, and smoking and teachable moment constructs (risk perceptions, emotional responses, and self-image).We also tested correlations between teachable moment constructs and motivation to change behaviors. RESULTS: Latino expectant fathers had high-risk perceptions that their smoking harmed the pregnancy (M=4.4, SD=0.5 on five-point scale) and strong emotional responses about their smoking during pregnancy (M=3.9, SD=1.1). They also felt it was their role to make the pregnancy healthy (M=4.4, SD=0.8). They felt less strongly that their diet and exercise affected the pregnancy. The teachable moment constructs for smoking were strongly correlated with motivation to quit smoking; the same was not true for diet and exercise. CONCLUSIONS: Latino expectant fathers seem aware that their smoking could harm the pregnancy but seem less concerned about the effect of their diet and exercise on the pregnancy. Pregnancy may be a time to help Latino expectant fathers quit smoking.

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Cited Authors

  • Pollak, KI; Denman, S; Gordon, KC; Lyna, P; Rocha, P; Brouwer, RN; Fish, L; Baucom, DH

Published Date

  • 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 47 - 59

PubMed ID

  • 20013439

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20013439

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1465-3419

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/13557850903398293


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England