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Effects of Perceived Smoking-Cancer Relationship and Cardiovascular Health Attitudes on Childrens' Views of Smoking

  • Bektas, Ilknur (Department of Pediatric Nursing, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Nursing) ;
  • Bektas, Murat (Department of Pediatric Nursing, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Nursing) ;
  • Selekoglu, Yasemin (Department of Pediatric Nursing, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Nursing) ;
  • Kudubes, Asli Akdeniz (Department of Pediatric Nursing, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Nursing) ;
  • Altan, Sema Sal (Department of Pediatric Nursing, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Nursing) ;
  • Ayar, Dijle (Department of Pediatric Nursing, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Nursing)
  • Published : 2015.04.14

Abstract

Background: This study was conducted with the aim of determining how students' perceived smoking-cancer relationship and cardiovascular health attitudes affect childrens' views of smoking. Materials and Methods: The sample of this descriptive-cross sectional study comprised 574 subjects between the ages of 11-15. The data were collected using the Children's Cardiovascular Health Promotion Attitude Scale and the Children's Decisional Balance Measure for Assessing and Predicting Smoking Status. Correlation and logistic regression were used for analysis. Results: It was determined that a statistically significant relationship exists between the attitudes of children towards smoking and their ideas about the relationship of smoking with cancer, which is negative and low (r=-0.223). There was also a statistically significant relationship between their attitudes towards cardiovascular health and their attitudes towards smoking, again at a low level (r=0.257). It was determined that children with ideas about smoking and cancer were 9.4 times less likely to have positive/negative attitudes towards smoking, while positive attitudes towards cardiovascular health made negative attitudes towards smoking 3.9 times less likely. Conclusions: It was determined that the attitudes of students towards cardiovascular health and their perceptions of smoking and cancer reduced the positive perceptions towards smoking.

Keywords

Smoking;perceived smoking-cancer relationship;hearth health and smoking

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