TITLE

Becoming a smoker: Adapting Becker's model of deviance for adolescent smoking

AUTHOR(S)
Peretti-Watel, Patrick; Beck, François; Legleye, Stephane; Moatti, Jean-Paul
PUB. DATE
February 2007
SOURCE
Health Sociology Review;Feb2007, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p53
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study examines attitudes to smoking among adolescents. Data for the study is derived from a large quantitative French cross-sectional survey of school students. Attitudes toward smoking were found to be associated with regularity and quantity of consumption, and the type of school attended. These associations are explained according to Becker's concept of a 'moral career', for attitudes differ among occasional, regular and heavy smokers. The association with school type indicates advanced formal schooling enables students to offer sophisticated rationalisations for smoking, combining an acknowledgement of health-related risks of smoking, emphasis on personal benefits derived from smoking, and claims that smoking is a private matter.
ACCESSION #
25354424

 

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