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Cigarettes and 'bad girl' image.

Adolescent girls who smoked cigarettes were less confident in terms of physical, social, and family levels of self-concept, but not significantly different in terms of peer self-concept, compared with adolescent girls who didn't smoke, said RC. Snow of La Trobe University in Bendigo, Australia and colleagues (Health Educ. Res. 18[4]:439-52, 2003).

The researchers studied 241 students aged 13-16 years from private, all-girls schools, and used multivariate analyses to assess their responses to confidential questionnaires about cigarette use. Approximately half of the girls (49.6%) reported having smoked a cigarette at some point, past or present. Of these, 15.8% could be considered current smokers, and 33.8% were designated experimental smokers.

The current smokers saw themselves as mean, lazy, rule-breakers, and potential drop-outs, and wanted to tell others about their illicit activities.

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Publication:Family Practice News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Oct 15, 2003
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