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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

On-line version ISSN 1518-8345

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SANCHEZ MARTINEZ, J. Adriana  and  RIBEIRO, Cléa Regina de Oliveira. The search for equality: representations of the smoking act among adolescent women. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.spe, pp.640-645. ISSN 1518-8345.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692008000700022.

This study aimed to discover the representations of the smoking habit in both non-smoking and smoking female adolescents from a high school in Querétaro, Mexico. It is a qualitative research, carried out with 14 female adolescents in 2005. A semi-structured interview and a socioeconomic survey were used to collect data. Results evidenced adolescents know the biomedical discourse, which proposes that smoking causes serious consequences to health. However, there are other symbolic reasons that influence its use such as the search for equality and image, since they think men find smoking women more attractive and mature. Peer pressure represents an important factor for women to smoke by validating its practice and minimizing its effects to the body.

Keywords : smoking; women; adolescent.

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