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Getting it right: designing adolescent-centred smoking cessation services

MacDonald, Sarah ORCID:, Rothwell, Heather Ann and Moore, Laurence Anthony Russell 2007. Getting it right: designing adolescent-centred smoking cessation services. Addiction 102 (7) , pp. 1147-1150. 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2007.01851.x

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Aims To demonstrate the importance of identifying adolescent preferences for smoking cessation in order to inform the design of effective adolescent cessation services. Design Structured qualitative interviews drawing on means-end theory. Setting Three youth-clubs and two secondary schools in south-east Wales. Participants Twenty-five male and female 13–18-year-olds, mainly daily smokers. Findings Interviewees did not assume immediately that a smoking cessation service is something that will be available to them, and therefore they initially encountered difficulties in identifying attributes of such support. With further prompting interviewees were able to express a preference for support attributes, but these were not attributes that traditionally form part of cessation provision. Their main preference was for support from friends and family, access to nicotine replacement therapy and non-school-based, flexible support and guidance. Conclusion The results re-emphasize the inadequacies of existing cessation provision for meeting adolescent preferences and suggest that developing more adolescent-appropriate support requires a reconceptualization of existing interventions, with service users situated at the core of intervention design. The study highlights a number of service development points for intervention planners including: rethinking the timing and location of provision; placing more emphasis on the selection of facilitators; harnessing support from friends and family; and rooting these developments in broader tobacco control strategies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescents;interviews;smoking cessation
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0965-2140
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2022 09:04

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