Who Are Health Influencers? Characterizing a Sample of Tobacco Cessation Interveners

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Objectives : To describe characteristics of health influencers (HIs) prior to training in brief tobacco cessation interventions (BI).

Methods : HIs (n=910) in Arizona were recruited for a randomized controlled trial comparing training modalities.

Results : Typically middle-aged (M=43, SD=14), non-Hispanic white (68%), female (77%), non-tobacco users (93%), most identified personal (89%) rather than job-related (3%) motivators for becoming cessation interveners. Confidence about intervention ability was high (93%); knowledge scores, however, were low (M=55%, SD=13%).

Conclusions : HIs exhibiting high motivation to intervene but lacking knowledge about BI strategies may be an untapped resource for tobacco cessation and a variety of other health promotion interventions.

Keywords: brief intervention; cessation; community; tobacco

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.31.2.7

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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