A Review of Qualitative Research on Teenage Smoking Habits

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A Review of Qualitative Research on Teenage Smoking Habits
Grand Canyon University: NRS-433V-O103 Introduction to Nursing Research
September 20, 2012

Introduction The purpose of this document is to summarize the contents of the research article, explain the research methods implemented, and offer insight on how the findings contribute to nursing practice. Second, there will be an explanation of ethical considerations associated with the conduct of nursing research. Finally, the source document, “What Determines Teenagers' Smoking Behaviour?: A Qualitative Study” will be attached for review.
The articles purpose was to study smoking behavior among Malaysian teens. The specific areas of interest included: smoking
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Validation was offered by minimal prompting, statement clarification, and rephrasing of questions.
The study identified factors like nicotine addiction, personal, and environmental issues that influence of smoking behaviors in teens. These areas should be of great priority when developing smoking cessation programs for teens. The Social Cognitive Theory utilized in this study is an aid that helps nurses to understand smoking behaviors in teens and how to address barriers to break those influential factors. Since this study was done in one region of Malaysia, it may not apply to all areas outside of it. This was a very small study that cannot be applied to all cultures, geographic locations, and race. A better perspective would have been attained by selecting a wider group with random geographic location and equal gender participation. The male to female ratio for the study was unequal and this causes a shift in the standard deviation when scrutinizing the study from a statistical view. Having unequal gender numbers could cause a type I or II error which makes the information not entirely reliable (Grove, S., 2012).

Center for Disease Control. (2012, January). We can make the next generation tobacco-free. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/Features/YouthTobaccoUse/
Grove, Susan K. (2012). Statistics for Health Care Research: A Practical Workbook [1] (VitalSource Bookshelf), Retrieved from


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