Psychological network analysis of the relations between beliefs about smoking for smokers with and without a recent quit attempt

Sarah C. Volz, Alexander J. Rothman

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Abstract

Objective: Psychological network analysis was used to evaluate the relations between beliefs about cigarette smoking in current smokers with and without a recent quit attempt and determine if these networks differed in global strength (how strongly beliefs are related) or global structure (which beliefs are related). Design: Using two publicly available datasets, the California Smokers’ Cohort (CSC; N = 933) and Wave 1 of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH; N = 7855), we evaluated differences in global strength and global structure of the beliefs held by current smokers with and without a recent quit attempt. Main Outcome Measures: Strength and structure of networks generated for current smokers with and without a recent quit attempt. Results: In the CSC dataset there were differences between smokers with and without a recent quit attempt in global structure and marginal differences in global strength; the PATH dataset suggested small differences in global strength and structure. Conclusion: The present study suggests that consideration of relations among smoking beliefs may be a valuable contribution to characterizing smoking beliefs when assessing smoking quit attempts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1148-1165
Number of pages18
JournalPsychology and Health
Volume39
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

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Keywords

  • Smoking
  • attitude structure
  • network analysis

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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