Maintenance of smoking cessation: Effect of follow-up letters, smoking motivation, muscle tension, and health locus of control

Journal Article

Following smoking-cessation treatment, half of 44 Ss (22-58 yrs) were sent supportive maintenance letters. Letters produced no main effect but reduced smoking in Ss who smoked from habit or who received little pleasure from the sensorimotor stimulation of smoking, perhaps by increasing their awareness of smoking. Letters also reduced smoking in Ss with high muscle tension. Letters increased smoking among opposite S groups and in those believing powerful others could not influence their health. Independent of letter receipt, maintenance was enhanced by internal health locus of control (Multidimensional Health Locus of Control) and hampered by chance control expectancies. (7 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). © 1981 American Psychological Association.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shipley, RH

Published Date

  • 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 982 - 984

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-006X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0022-006X.49.6.982