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AFONSO, Fernanda  and  PEREIRA, M. Graça. Smoking behavior: a study with smokers, abstinents and non-smokers. Temas psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.21, n.2, pp.379-389. ISSN 1413-389X.

This study evaluated psychological morbidity, quality of life, partner support, family coping, couple adjustment and tobacco representations in smokers, abstinents and non-smokers, as well as the predictors of partner support and quality of life in smokers and abstinents. Participated in the study 224 smokers, 169 abstinents and 173 non-smokers. The timeline of tobacco consumption in the smoking group was at least 3 years and in the abstinents for at leat 3 months. Results revealed that abstinents, when compared with non-smokers and smokers, showed more threatening cognitive representations in relation to tobacco, more anxiety, more family coping, more partner positive and negative support and mental quality of life. Non-smokers revealed more threatening emotional tobacco representations, less comprehensibility towards their smoking habit and more cohesion. Smokers, interestingly, showed more physical quality of life. This study emphasizes the importance of representations related with tobacco, psychological morbidity and partner support.

Keywords : representações do tabaco; Smoking; psychological morbidity; quality of life; partner support; tobacco representations.

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