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ERIC Number: EJ802465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0965-4283
Church Leaders' Opinions about Tobacco Prevention
Reinert, Bonita; Carver, Vivien; Range, Lillian
Health Education, v106 n3 p201-209 2006
Purpose: To assess what volunteers--and ministers of faith-based organizations (FBO) think about their own expertise in delivering a tobacco prevention initiative, the impact of such an initiative on youth, their potential for burnout in doing so, and their interest in other health initiatives. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 149 volunteers and ministers attending a tobacco prevention workshop anonymously answered questions about its impact, and their own expertise, potential for burnout, and interest in other health initiatives. Findings: Respondents strongly endorsed their personal expertise and the impact of tobacco prevention on youth. On burnout, ministers were significantly lower (an average answer of "don't know") than teachers and others (an average answer of "disagree"); on other health initiatives, ministers were significantly more interested (an average answer of "strongly") than teachers (an average answer of "moderately"). All were significantly more positive about offering other health initiatives if they had materials than if they had money. Research limitations/implications: Most respondents were African-American, a higher percentage of ministers were men than among those in other positions, and all respondents came from a church that applied for, and received, a tobacco-prevention grant--points that limit generalizability. Practical implications: Those responsible for health initiatives would be well advised to direct their resources into developing appropriate materials rather than into paying people to deliver the programs. Originality/value: Although FBOs provide fertile ground for health initiatives such as tobacco prevention, ministers may be more susceptible to burnout than volunteers. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi