Characteristics of adult smokers presenting to a mind–body medicine clinic

Christina M. Luberto, Emma Chad-Friedman, Michelle L. Dossett, Giselle K. Perez, Elyse R. Park

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Abstract

Mind–body interventions can improve vulnerabilities that underlie smoking behavior. The characteristics of smokers who use mind–body medicine have not been explored, preventing the development of targeted interventions. Patients (N = 593) presenting to a mind–body medicine clinic completed self-report measures. Patients were 67 percent never smokers, 27 percent former smokers, and 6 percent current smokers. Current smokers were younger; more likely to be single, unemployed, or on disability; and report greater depression symptoms, greater pain, and lower social support (ps <.05).Current smokers who use mind–body medicine have unique psychosocial needs that should be targeted in mind–body smoking cessation interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)860-870
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • mind–body medicine
  • psychosocial problems
  • smokers
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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