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Assessment of Pregnancy Cigarette Smoking and Factors That Predict Denial

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Objectives : To determine rates of pregnancy smoking concealment compared to behavioral observation and to identify factors predicting untruthful denial.

Methods : Review of 843 delivery charts.

Results : Based on observation during delivery hospitalization, 8 of smokers denied hospital admission, 16 denied throughout prenatal care. Compared with those admitting smoking, false deniers had higher levels of education, incomes and adequate prenatal care utilization; and were less likely to have drug use, STDs, or hepatitis C. Observation was a valid tool for assessing smoking status.

Conclusions : Typical concealers were those considered lower risk, increasing the chance they would go undetected as smokers.
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Keywords: behavioral observation; pregnancy smoking; rural health; smoking assessment; smoking denial

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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