ERIC Number: ED100800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of the Teachers' Smoking Behavior on Their Involvement in Smoking Education in the Schools.
Chen, T. L.; Rakip, William R.
The smoking behavior and attitudes of public school teachers were studied to determine if the teachers' smoking behavior is related to their attitudes and behavior regarding students' smoking practice and smoking education in schools. The school system studied was in Northampton, Massachusetts, where 162 of the 194 teachers randomly selected from various schools in the district completed the close-ended questionnaires, administered and collected by the researcher. The study yielded a return rate of 83 percent. The results of the study showed that the general climate in school favored the establishment of a comprehensive smoking education program. It also indicated that the teachers' attitudes and behaviors towards smoking education were closely related to their smoking behavior. The exsmokers were the most active group in attempting to initiate change in student smoking behavior, while the smokers were the least active in this respect. Furthermore, preservice and inservice teacher training programs in relation to smoking education were shown to have been extremely sparse and ineffective in the past. Teachers felt that they were ill equipped to deal with student smoking behavior and suggested that a health education specialist deal with this important health education issue at the classroom level. (Authors/JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. School of Health Sciences.