ERIC Number: EJ942180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Peer Influence, Images of Smokers, and Beliefs about Smoking among Preadolescent Nonsmokers
Tragesser, Sarah L.; Aloise-Young, Patricia A.; Swaim, Randall C.
Social Development, v15 n2 p311-325 May 2006
The purpose of the current study was to test whether perceived peer influence is related to image of a typical smoker, and whether image of a typical smoker is associated with beliefs about the effects of smoking among preadolescent nonsmokers. Two hundred and ninety-two preadolescents completed a survey indicating their perceptions of the prevalence and encouragement for smoking among peers, image of a typical smoker, beliefs about the social and physical consequences of smoking, and overall harm caused by smoking. Hypotheses were partially supported. Perceived peer influence was related to image of a typical smoker; image of a typical smoker was related only to the beliefs about harm caused by smoking. Results are discussed in terms of the cognitive mechanisms involved in the process of peer influence.
Descriptors: Smoking, Preadolescents, Peer Influence, Beliefs, Correlation, Surveys, Incidence, Health, Cognitive Processes
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