Reconciling parenting and smoking in the context of child development

Bottorff, Joan L., Oliffe, John L., Kelly, Mary T., Johnson, Joy L. and Chan, Anna (2013) Reconciling parenting and smoking in the context of child development. Qualitative Health Research, 23 8: 1042-1053. doi:10.1177/1049732313494118

Author Bottorff, Joan L.
Oliffe, John L.
Kelly, Mary T.
Johnson, Joy L.
Chan, Anna
Title Reconciling parenting and smoking in the context of child development
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
Publication date 2013-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732313494118
Volume 23
Issue 8
Start page 1042
End page 1053
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract In this article we explore the micro-social context of parental tobacco use in the first years of a child's life and early childhood. We conducted individual interviews with 28 mothers and fathers during the 4 years following the birth of their child. Using grounded theory methods, we identified the predominant explanatory concept in parents' accounts as the need to reconcile being a parent and smoking. Desires to become smoke-free coexisted with five types of parent-child interactions: (a) protecting the defenseless child, (b) concealing smoking and cigarettes from the mimicking child, (c) reinforcing smoking as bad with the communicative child, (d) making guilt-driven promises to the fearful child, and (e) relinquishing personal responsibility to the autonomous child. We examine the agency of the child in influencing parents' smoking practices, the importance of children's observational learning in the early years, and the reciprocal nature of parent-child interactions related to parents' smoking behavior.
Keyword Addiction/substance use
Growth and development
Smoking cessation
Tobacco and health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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