Smoking in Adolescence

Images and Identities

By Barbara Lloyd, Kevin Lucas

© 1998 – Routledge

232 pages

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About the Book

What factors influence adolescents to take up smoking? Why do more girls smoke than boys? In contrast to medical orthodoxy, Smoking in Adolescence looks at smoking from the adolescents' own points of view. What emerges is that regular smokers are seen as fun-loving and nonconformist; cigarettes are a passport to a fashionable, popular and 'hard' identity.

Young people create, and are influenced by, complex images of smokers and nonsmokers. Barbara Lloyd and Kevin Lucas explore the psychological dimensions such as social environment, family, peers, stress and coping, body image, mood and pleasure. They suggest how anti-smoking interventions should be re-evaluated to take account of this new evidence throughout the school curriculum.

Smoking in Adolescence will be of practical interest to teachers, youth workers, health professionals and parents as well as students of psychology.


'This book will be of interest to parents, teachers, youth workers, health educators and students of psychology' - Addiction Today

'Smoking in Adolescence will be particularly useful for those new to the area. The mixture of graphs, simple summaries of findings, and quotations from the discussion groups, makes for an easy and informative read.' - Health Psychology Update

'… recommended to anyone underaking academic research, with a responsiblity for health education or smoking policy development.' - Review in Youth & Policy, Issue 63, review by Melanie Eye, North Durham Health PR in Youth & Policy, Issue 63, review by Melanie Eye, North Durham Health Promotion Unit

'Perhaps the most fascinating sections of the book are the chapters devoted to the more qualitative aspects of the study. In these sections we overhear young people in conversation about cigarette smokers and smoking and learn how smokers are perceived by adolescents of the mid 1990s.This book is strong of theory, evidence and the authors' reflections on the meaning of the evidence. That is quite enough for one book, and it can be recommended on that basis.' - Jenny McWhirter, University of Southampton Health Education No 6 1998

About the Authors

Dr Barbara Lloyd is Senior Research Fellow in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex. Her publications include Sex and Gender (1986, with John Archer)

Dr Kevin Lucas is Health Promotion Policy Analyst with East Sussex, Brighton and Hove Health Authority, and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex.

About the Series

Adolescence and Society

In the 20 years since it began, this series has published some of the key texts in the field of adolescent studies. The series has covered a very wide range of subjects, almost all of them being of central concern to students, researchers and practitioners. A mark of its success is that a number of books have gone to second and third editions, illustrating its popularity and reputation.

The primary aim of the series is to make accessible to the widest possible readership important and topical evidence relating to adolescent development. Much of this material is published in relatively inaccessible professional journals, and the objective of the books has been to summarise, review and place in context current work in the field, so as to interest and engage both an undergraduate and a professional audience.

The intention of the authors is to raise the profile of adolescent studies among professionals and in institutions of higher education. By publishing relatively short, readable books on topics of current interest to do with youth and society, the series makes people more aware of the relevance of the subject of adolescence to a wide range of social concerns.

The books do not put forward any one theoretical viewpoint. The authors outline the most prominent theories in the field and include a balanced and critical assessment of each of these. Whilst some of the books may have a clinical or applied slant, the majority concentrate on normal development.

The readership rests primarily in two major areas: the undergraduate market, particularly in the fields of psychology, sociology and education; and the professional training market, with particular emphasis on social work, clinical and educational psychology, counselling, youth work, nursing and teacher training.

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