The Role of the Self in Smoking Initiation and Smoking Cessation

A Review and Blueprint for Research at the Intersection of Social-Cognition and Health

Published in: Self and Identity, v. 10, no. 3, June 2011, p. 386-395

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2011

by William G. Shadel, Daniel Cervone

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The self-concept is recognized as important to both smoking initiation and cessation. However, most of the extant research has viewed the self-concept as a static, monolithic construct. It has not drawn on contemporary social-cognitive theories of the self-concept, which view the self-concept as a dynamic, multi-faceted cognitive structure that regulates behavior in context. This paper discusses a contemporary social cognitive framework that can be used to understand the role of the self-concept in smoking.

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