Readiness to Quit As a Predictor of Smoking Changes in the Minnesota Heart Health Program

Edward Lichtenstein, Harry A Lando, Faryle Nothwehr

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Abstract

The relation between two indexes of readiness to quit smoking obtained at baseline and subsequent quitting 2-7 years later was examined. Baseline data from the Minnesota Heart Health Program were used to construct 3-item composites of interest in quitting (α = .76) and past quitting behavior (α = .64). With baseline smoking controlled, both measures predicted quitting at the 2- and 7-year follow-ups but not at 4 years. Only interest in quitting was significant at the 7-year follow-up when both indexes entered the model. Given the representative community sample and the long interval from baseline to the final assessment, the findings provide support for the readiness construct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-396
Number of pages4
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1994

Keywords

  • readiness to quit
  • smoking cessation
  • stage of change

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