Behavioral self-control and smoking reduction: A study of self-initiated attempts to reduce smoking

Michael G. Perri, C. Steven Richards, Karen R. Schultheis

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Abstract

Self-initiated attempts to reduce smoking are common experiences that have received little attention from researchers. Through a structured interview procedure, this investigation sought to determine which factors and methods, especially behavioral self-control methods, are critical to successfully self-reduced smoking. Forty-eight college students (24 "successful" and 24 "unsuccessful") were interviewed about their attempts to self-control smoking. The results indicate that successful smoking reducers (1) used more techniques for longer periods of time and (2) used self-reinforcement and problem-solving procedures more frequently than did unsuccessful smoking reducers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-365
Number of pages6
JournalBehavior Therapy
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1977

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