Smoking-specific compensatory health beliefs and the readiness to stop smoking in adolescents.

@article{Radtke2011SmokingspecificCH,
  title={Smoking-specific compensatory health beliefs and the readiness to stop smoking in adolescents.},
  author={Theda Radtke and Urte Scholz and Roger J. Keller and B{\"a}rbel Kn{\"a}uper and Rainer Hornung},
  journal={British journal of health psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={16 3},
  pages={
          610-25
        }
}
OBJECTIVE Compensatory health beliefs (CHBs) are defined as beliefs that negative consequences of unhealthy behaviours can be compensated for by engaging in other health behaviours. CHBs have not yet been investigated in detail regarding smoking. Smoking might cause cognitive dissonance in smokers, if they are aware that smoking is unhealthy and simultaneously hold the general goal of staying healthy. Hence, CHBs are proposed as one strategy for smokers to resolve such cognitive dissonance. The… CONTINUE READING

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