Parental smoking and children's anxieties: an appropriate strategy for health education?

Holdsworth, C. and Robinson, J. (2013) Parental smoking and children's anxieties: an appropriate strategy for health education? Children's Geographies, 11(1), pp. 102-116. (doi: 10.1080/14733285.2013.743284) (PMID:27695387) (PMCID:PMC5044978)

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While the prevalence of smoking has declined in the UK in recent years, class differentials in smoking behaviour have become more marked and smoking is increasingly recognised as a causal factor in inequalities in health. Health education initiatives to support both smoking cessation and to teach children about the health risks of smoking remain key initiatives in reducing health inequalities. However, teaching children about the risks of smoking and the impact of parental smoking on their health is not straightforward for children from backgrounds who are more likely to encounter smoking at home and in their local communities. These children have to reconcile the key messages taught at school and reinforced in smoking cessation campaigns with the knowledge that their parents and other family members smoke. In this article we consider how children from smoking homes make sense of these education and health campaigns as observed by their parents, and the impact that this has on both parental smoking and relationships within the home. The article thus seeks to challenge assumptions about the delivery of health education and the need to acknowledge family diversity.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robinson, Professor Jude
Authors: Holdsworth, C., and Robinson, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Children's Geographies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1473-3277
Published Online:15 January 2013

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