A face-aging smoking prevention/cessation intervention for nursery school students in Germany: An appearance-focused interventional study

  • The Education Against Tobacco (EAT) network delivers smoking prevention advice in secondary schools, typically using the mirroring approach (i.e., a "selfie" altered with a face-aging app and shared with a class). In November 2017, however, the German assembly of EAT opted to expand its remit to include nursing students. To assess the transferability of the existing approach, we implemented it with the self-developed face-aging app "Smokerface" (=mixed − methods approach) in six nursing schools. Anonymous questionnaires were used to assess the perceptions of 197 students (age 18–40 years; 83.8% female; 26.4% smokers; 23.3% daily smokers) collecting qualitative and quantitative data for our cross-sectional study. Most students perceived the intervention to be fun (73.3%), but a minority disagreed that their own animated selfie (25.9%) or the reaction of their peers (29.5%) had motivated them to stop smoking. The impact on motivation not to smoke was considerably lower than experienced with seventh graders (63.2% vs. 42.0%; notably, more smokers also disagreed (45.1%) than agreed (23.5%) with this statement. Agreement rates on the motivation not to smoke item were higher in females than in males and in year 2–3 than in year 1 students. Potential improvements included greater focus on pathology (29%) and discussing external factors (26%). Overall, the intervention seemed to be appealing for nursing students

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Author:Titus Josef Brinker, Jonas Alfitian, Werner SeegerORCiDGND, Jan David Alexander GronebergORCiDGND, Christof von Kalle, Alexander Enk, Felix Herth, Michael Kreuter, Claudia M. Bauer, Martina Gatzka, Janina Leonie Suhre
Pubmed Id:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30081549
Parent Title (English):International journal of environmental research and public health
Publisher:MDPI AG
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Date of first Publication:2018/08/04
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/11/06
Tag:medical students; nursery school students; nursery schools; nursery students; nurses; prevent smoking; school-based prevention; smoking cessation; tobacco prevention
Issue:8, Art. 1656
Page Number:15
First Page:1
Last Page:15
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0