Ecological exploration of knowledge and attitudes towards tobacco and e-cigarettes among primary school children, teachers and parents in Wales: A qualitative study
Van Godwin, Jordan
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Experimentation with e-cigarettes has grown rapidly among UK adolescents. To date, this topic has been primarily researched in secondary schools, with less understanding of development of attitudes and behaviours at an earlier age. This research reports qualitative data from interviews with pupils, parents and teachers at four case-study schools in Wales (N=42). It draws on Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory to consider how the intersection of systems surrounding primary school-age children and their interaction with these systems, shape knowledge and attitudes towards e-cigarettes and tobacco. Findings indicate that consistent messaging on smoking from school and family was reflected in strong disapproval among pupils and clear understanding of harms. This was less evident for e-cigarettes, where messages were mixed and inconsistent between home and school, with concerns over what to tell children about e-cigarettes in light of mixed messages and absence of official guidance. Implications of findings for policy and teaching are discussed.
Tobacco Use Insights;
Brown, R., Van Godwin, J., Copeland, L., Hallingberg, B., Angel, L., MacDonald, S., Segrott, J. and Moore, G. (2020) 'Ecological Exploration of Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Tobacco and E-Cigarettes Among Primary School Children, Teachers, and Parents in Wales: A Qualitative Study', Tobacco Use Insights, 13, p.1179173X20938770.
Article published in Tobacco Use Insights on 12 August 2020, available open access at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1179173X20938770.
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
This paper presents independent research funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), grant number C57590/A25754. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Cancer Research UK. The work was undertaken with the support of The Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. Joint funding (MR/KO232331/1) from the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, the Welsh Government and the Wellcome Trust, under the auspices of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, is gratefully acknowledged. The paper reports a sub-study within a larger study which was conducted in collaboration with the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and we acknowledge Dr Linsay Gray and Prof Laurence Moore for their contribution to the wider study
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