The Theory of Planned Behavior and Postpartum Smoking Relapse
Article first published online: 23 APR 2004
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 337–341, December 2001
How to Cite
Gantt, C. J. (2001), The Theory of Planned Behavior and Postpartum Smoking Relapse. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 33: 337–341. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2001.00337.x
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2004
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2004
- Accepted for publication June 4, 2001.
- smoking cessation;
- postnatal period;
- Ajzen-Fishbein theory of reasoned action;
- theory of planned behavior
Purpose: To explore the applicability of Ajzen's theory of planned behavior to postpartum smoking relapse.
Organizing Framework: The theory of planned behavior is proposed as an appropriate framework for the study of postpartum smoking relapse.
Methods: The literature on smoking cessation, postnatal smoking, and the theory of planned behavior were reviewed. References included electronic database and manual search results.
Conclusions: The theory of planned behavior provides a framework for explaining, predicting, and influencing human behaviors based on modifiable factors of attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioral control. The inclusion of instrument development guidelines significantly strengthens the usefulness of the framework. A theoretically based understanding of postpartum smoking relapses can guide and strengthen appropriate interventions directed toward significantly reducing postpartum smoking, thereby increasing the number of women who are able to remain smoke-free for life.