What is behind smoking among pharmacy students: A quantitative and qualitative study from Turkey


YEGENOGLU S., ASLAN D., Erdener S., ACAR A., BILIR N.

SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE, vol.41, no.3, pp.405-414, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10826080500409142
  • Journal Name: SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.405-414
  • Keywords: focus group discussion (FGD), pharmacy students, quantitative study, qualitative study, smoking, Turkey
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This study, performed in two phases, compared the smoking status of first- and last-year pharmacy students and identified underlying factors of smoking using both "quantitative" and "qualitative" research techniques. The quantitative phase was a cross-sectional study with 207 students (of these, 102 were first-year and 105 were last-year students). The mean age at which first-year students tried tobacco/tobacco products was 14.1 +/- 3.2 and for last-year students, 16.0 +/- 2.4. The students completed an 18-item questionnaire at the end of the spring semester in May 2004. Chi-square and t-test analyses were used for statistical comparisons. Furthermore, focus group discussion techniques were used to find out the underlying factors of smoking in the second phase.