Master of Science (MS)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Cigarette smoking is a significant public health issue and despite efforts, prevalence of smoking has not decreased in accordance with national goals. This study utilized a phenomenological approach to describe women's experience of successful smoking cessation. Pender's Health Promotion Model (1996) and Prochaska and DiClementes' Transtheoretical Model of Change (1996) were utilized. Twelve women who had successfully quit smoking were interviewed; Data analysis yielded a core theme of transformation to non-smoker. Sub-themes included motivational factors of image conflict and cues for action. Other themes included barriers to cessation and coping mechanisms. Interpersonal factors and unconditional resolve were influential. Activity-related affect included grief and loss during cessation and joy and fulfillment upon success; Both models and existing research were supported. New insight into smoking cessation was gained. The importance of advice to quit by health care providers was supported. Additional research was recommended.
Cessation; Experience; Inquiry; Phenomenological; Smoking; Successful
Nursing; Public health
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Rattigan, Gail Ann, "The experience of successful smoking cessation: A phenomenological inquiry" (2001). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1259.