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Assessing attitudinal ambivalence towards smoking and its association with desire to quit among teen smokers

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Lipkus, IM; Pollak, KI; McBride, CM; Schwartz-Bloom, R; Lyna, P; Bloom, PN
Published in: Psychology and Health
June 1, 2005

Most smokers have some conflicting thoughts and feelings about their smoking; that is, they feel ambivalent. Whether felt ambivalence can be adequately measured and then used to predict the desire to quit among teen smokers has yet to be explored. Hence, among 402 teen smokers involved in a smoking cessation intervention, we first examined the psychometric properties of an eight-item ambivalence scale via exploratory and confirmatory analyses. After excluding one item, the scale was internally consistent and formed a single factor. We also report on whether felt ambivalence towards smoking assessed at baseline and at four and eight months post-baseline was related to the desire to quit in cross-sectional and prospective analyses. In all cross-sectional and prospective analyses, smokers who felt increasingly ambivalent reported a stronger desire to quit. These results suggest that ambivalence might be a useful construct to explore further and experimentally induce to assess its effects on desire to quit. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.

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Psychology and Health

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1476-8321

ISSN

0887-0446

Publication Date

June 1, 2005

Volume

20

Issue

3

Start / End Page

373 / 387

Related Subject Headings

  • Clinical Psychology
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
 

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Lipkus, I. M., Pollak, K. I., McBride, C. M., Schwartz-Bloom, R., Lyna, P., & Bloom, P. N. (2005). Assessing attitudinal ambivalence towards smoking and its association with desire to quit among teen smokers. Psychology and Health, 20(3), 373–387. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870440512331333988
Lipkus, I. M., K. I. Pollak, C. M. McBride, R. Schwartz-Bloom, P. Lyna, and P. N. Bloom. “Assessing attitudinal ambivalence towards smoking and its association with desire to quit among teen smokers.” Psychology and Health 20, no. 3 (June 1, 2005): 373–87. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870440512331333988.
Lipkus IM, Pollak KI, McBride CM, Schwartz-Bloom R, Lyna P, Bloom PN. Assessing attitudinal ambivalence towards smoking and its association with desire to quit among teen smokers. Psychology and Health. 2005 Jun 1;20(3):373–87.
Lipkus, I. M., et al. “Assessing attitudinal ambivalence towards smoking and its association with desire to quit among teen smokers.” Psychology and Health, vol. 20, no. 3, June 2005, pp. 373–87. Scopus, doi:10.1080/08870440512331333988.
Lipkus IM, Pollak KI, McBride CM, Schwartz-Bloom R, Lyna P, Bloom PN. Assessing attitudinal ambivalence towards smoking and its association with desire to quit among teen smokers. Psychology and Health. 2005 Jun 1;20(3):373–387.

Published In

Psychology and Health

DOI

EISSN

1476-8321

ISSN

0887-0446

Publication Date

June 1, 2005

Volume

20

Issue

3

Start / End Page

373 / 387

Related Subject Headings

  • Clinical Psychology
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy