Personality characteristics in the mid-forties predict women's smoking cessation in their mid-sixties

Judith S. Brook, C. Zhang, E. B. Balka, N. Seltzer, D. W. Brook

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Abstract

This study examined whether personality characteristics measured when a woman is in her mid-40s can predict success in sustained smoking cessation 22 years later, when the woman is in her mid-60s. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted on data from a sample of 195 women (M ages 43 and 65, respectively), who were regular smokers and participated in a longitudinal study from 1983 to 2009. The results suggest that women who exhibited low self-control, high resistance to rules, impulsivity, and sensation seeking in their mid-40s were significantly less likely to succeed in quitting smoking for a period of 5 years or more by the time they reached their mid-60s. Addressing some personal characteristics in smoking cessation programs might enhance their eff ectiveness and success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)921-929
Number of pages9
JournalPsychological reports
Volume113
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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