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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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ECKERDT, Neusa da Silva  and  CORRADI-WEBSTER, Clarissa Mendonça. Meanings about smoking for women participant in a group for smokers. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.spe, pp.641-647. ISSN 1518-8345.

The aim of this study was to understand the meanings produced about smoking by women participating in a group for smokers in Florianopolis, SC, Brazil. Seven participants took part in structured interviews with five open questions. The theoretical framework was social constructionism with two themes: 1) Cigarettes in the women’s life cycle 2) Expectations regarding treatment. The repertories used to describe the beginning of consumption in adolescence included glamour, charm, independence and peer acceptance and those used to describe the maintenance of consumption in adulthood included anxiety, depression and coping with daily stress. Regarding expectations for treatment they believed that contact with people who experience the same difficulties in relation to the cessation of consumption and the dream of a healthy life would be motivating. The treatment offered to smokers should explore strategies for women to achieve what they want regarding the consumption of cigarettes.

Keywords : Smoking; Women; Therapeutics.

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