Smoking cessation during pregnancy: the influence of partners, family and friends on quitters and non-quitters

Preethi Koshi, Mhairi Mackenzie, David Tappin, Linda Bauld

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Abstract

This research compared pregnant quitters' and non-quitters' accounts of how partners, family and friends influenced their smoking cessation attempts. Qualitative secondary data analysis was carried out on a purposive sample of motivational interview transcripts undertaken by research midwives with pregnant women as part of SmokeChange, a smoking cessation intervention. Interviews with all quitters in the intervention group (n = 12) were analysed comparatively with interviews from a matched sample of non-quitters (n = 12).The discourses of both revealed similarity in how their partners, family and friends influenced their cessation efforts: salient others were simultaneously perceived by both groups of women as providing drivers and barriers to quit attempts; close associates who smoked were often perceived to be as supportive as those who did not. However, women who quit smoking during pregnancy talked more about receiving active praise/encouragement than those who did not. While close associates play an important role in women's attempts to stop smoking during pregnancy, the support they provide varies; further research is needed to develop a better understanding of how key relationships help or hinder cessation during pregnancy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-510
Number of pages11
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2010

Keywords

  • pregnancy; secondary data analysis; smoking cessation; social support

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