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Title: Εvaluation of a health education programme for the prevention of smoking in secondary education students
Authors: Σταθόπουλος, Θεόδωρος
Σουρτζή, Παναγιώτα
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: Social influence;Πρόληψη καπνίσματος;Κοινωνικός αντίκτυπος;Εκπαίδευση;Δευτεροετείς φοιτητές;Smoking prevention;Health education intervention;Secondary education students
Subjects: Primary care (Medicine)
Issue Date: 18-Jul-2014
Date of availability: 18-Jul-2014
Publisher: Μαρβάκη, Χριστίνα
Abstract: Objective: The aim of this study was the implementation and evaluation of a health education programme for the prevention of smoking in secondary education students. Design: The study was designed as semi-experimental with control group. Method:Evaluation of the intervention was performed prior to the implementation, immediately afterwards and six months later. The variables that were measured through a self-completed questionnaire were: knowledge - concerning the physical consequences of smoking, normative and informative social influence -, attitudes, intent to smoke and self-esteem. The intervention group was consisted of 88 students of three Vocational Schools, while the control group included 118 students of two Vocational Schools and one Lyceum in Athens. Results: An increase in total knowledge and the three sub-scores measuring normative, informative social influence and physical consequences of smoking as well as reduction of number of cigarettes per day(p=0,029) and increase in self-esteem was found (p=0,021). The intervention group showed higher knowledge (total and subscores) (U=3461, p<0.001 and U=3560 p=0.000, U=4119 p=0.015, U=4030, p=0.008, respectively) compared to the control group, while no changes were observed in the attitudes, intent to smoke, smoking behaviour and self-esteem. In both groups the highest score was observed in the normative social influence knowledge (mean value=9,34) compared with informative social influence (mean value=7,84) and physical consequences of smoking(mean value=7,77). Conclusion: The health education intervention achieved its short-term aim. Future research should focus in younger students, where smoking prevalence is lower, as well as long-term evaluation of the programme, one and two years later, that would allow safer extraction of conclusions on the usefulness of this programme.
Description: Research article
Language: English
Citation: Stathopoulos, T., Sourtzi, P.. (2013). Εvaluation of a health education programme for the prevention of smoking in secondary education students. "Health Science Journal". 7 (1), 68-80.
Journal: Health Science Journal
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 7, Τεύχος 1 (Ιαν. - Μαρ. 2013)

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