ERIC Number: EJ1024620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Differential Relationships between Religiosity, Cigarette Smoking, and Waterpipe Use: Implications for College Student Health
Klassen, Brian J.; Smith, Kathryn Z.; Grekin, Emily R.
Journal of American College Health, v61 n7 p381-385 2013
Objective: Using a framework informed by problem behavior theory, the authors examined differential relationships between religiosity and the frequency of cigarette and waterpipe tobacco smoking. Participants: Six hundred fourteen individuals beginning their freshman year at a large, public, midwestern university. Methods: Paper-and-pencil surveys were administered to students who attended freshman orientation. Electronic surveys were sent to students who did not attend orientation. Results: Although a latent, generalized religiosity factor was negatively associated with frequency of cigarette smoking, there was no such relationship for frequency of waterpipe use. Conclusions: Conceptualizing waterpipe tobacco smoking in terms of problem behavior theory may be inappropriate, given its lack of association with religiosity. These results may reflect the perception that waterpipe use is a more socially acceptable form of tobacco use that is less harmful to health than cigarette smoking, despite medical evidence to the contrary. Implications for prevention and intervention are discussed.
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Smoking, Religious Factors, Student Surveys, Student Behavior, Health Behavior, Structural Equation Models, Correlation
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A