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Weight Concerns, Body Image, and Smoking Continuation in Pregnant Women in Rural Appalachia

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Objective: To examine the relationship between pre-pregnancy weight and body image concerns and smoking status in late pregnancy. Methods: Participants included 172 pregnant smokers. Pre-pregnancy weight and body image concerns were assessed during first trimester via the Weight Concern Scale and Body Image Concern Inventory. Smoking status was evaluated at third trimester via self-report. Results: Logistic regression analyses revealed that weight concerns played a significant role in smoking continuation in late pregnancy. Conclusions: Beliefs about weight control properties of cigarettes may play an important role in smoking continuation among pregnant women. These findings suggest assessing weight concerns with pregnant women who smoke in an effort to facilitate successful cessation.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.6.2

Affiliations: 1: Department of Bio Behavioral Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA. correl@musc.edu 2: Department of Psychology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA 3: Department of Family Medicine, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2013

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