International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Effect of the Stages of Change Model on Smoking of Risk-Taking Adolescents
Selen Ozakar Akca, Suzan Yildiz

In this study it was aimed to determine the abstract effects of applying the Stages of Change model on the cigarette consume of these adolescents due to the frequency of especially adolescent employees’ risky behaviors. Adolescent Risk Taking Questionnaire was applied to the research volunteers at vocational training centers. By taking the results of the scale into account 63 adolescent smokers created the universe of the study. The carbon monoxide (CO) measurement levels, Self Efficacy points and the Stages of Change (SOC) of these adolescents were determined. According to the change stages, which the adolescents show during the session; at the beginning of the session it was determined that 76.2% were in the pre-thinking and 23.8% in the thinking stage. There was no adolescent determined in preparation, action or prosecution stage. While the sessions proceed it was seen that the adolescents move between 5 change stages. At the evaluation in the last session it was determined that 1.6% of the adolescents were in pre-thinking, 11.1% thinking, 63.5% preparation and 23.8% in the action stage. The differences between the first and the last session were statistically significant (p<0.01). The realized application is reducing cigarette consume. Especially to the adolescents working in the industrial region more consulting and support must be provided as they create a risk group regarding substance use. It must also be recommended that they take actively part in substance use avoiding programs and services.

Full Text: PDF