Unraveling smoking ties: how tobacco use is embedded in couple interactions

Joan L Bottorff, Cecilia Kalaw, Joy L Johnson, Natalie Chambers, Miriam Stewart, Lorraine Greaves, Mary Kelly
Research in Nursing & Health 2005, 28 (4): 316-28
The purpose of this research was to explore couple interactions related to tobacco use prior to pregnancy, as part of a larger grounded theory project focused on couple interactions related to tobacco use. Interviews with 28 women who quit or reduced smoking for pregnancy and their partners were conducted. Analysis of retrospective accounts of pre-index pregnancy interactions resulted in the identification of tobacco-related routines related to: (a) regulation of smoking; (b) practices related to the acquisition, use and handling of tobacco; (c) communication about tobacco use; and (d) responding to slips and lapses. Variations in the enactment of routines were captured in three tobacco-related interaction patterns: (a) disengaged; (b) conflictual; and (c) accommodating. Findings provide insights into the role tobacco plays in relationships and resistance to behavior change.

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