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The relationship between attitudes and behaviour in terms of smoking and responses to food scares

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Joan Harvey, Dr George Erdos


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Attitudes to risk associated with health scares have been investigated over many years and there remains some debate concerning the extent to which attitudes in one domain generalise to others, or whether specific attitudes are only predictive of specific behaviours. This study investigates attitudes to and perceptions of smoking and smoking behaviour and whether or not respondents have changed their purchasing and eating habits as a result of the BSE and GM issues. The method used was a questionnaire of Likert-style items plus consumption and demographic questions administered to shoppers. The findings confirm that smokers are less likely to be concerned with other health risks than non-smokers and that attitudes to smoking are also predictive of people changing their habits in relation to other health risks. The findings are discussed in light of the current theories.

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Author(s): Harvey J, Erdos G, Strong A

Editor(s): Bedford, T., Van Gelder, P.H.A.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 14th European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL)

Year of Conference: 2003

Pages: 775-781

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9789058095510