Effects of smoking prevention program by applying life skills among student in seventh grade junior high school, Nakhon Nayok province
Keywords:A smoking prevention program, Life-skills, Seventh grade students
This quasi-experimental research, two group pretest-posttest design was aimed to examine the effects of smoking prevention program applying life-skills. The samples were 49 grade 7 students both male and female in Nakhon Nayok province, 27 in the experimental group and 22 in the comparison group. The study lasted for 8 weeks. Data collection was done on the 1st week and after the experimentation on the 8th week by using the self-administered questionnaire. Data analysis was performed by using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics in regard. The results showed that after the experimentation, the experimental group had significantly higher level of knowledge about the harms of smoking than before the experimentation and then the comparison group (p= 0.001 and p=0.024). No statistically significant difference was found either within the experimental group or between the experimental group and comparison group on anti-smoking attitudes, critical thinking skills, decision-making skills, and refusal skills (p>0.05). Refer to the anti-smoking behavior, there was no statistically significant differences between groups in the intention to not smoking at any time (p = 0.314). Almost of experimental group, 26 in 27 students (96.3%) and 19 in 22 students of comparison group (86.4%) were intention to not smoking at any time. Thus, the smoking prevention program, especially activities related knowledge about the harms of smoking can be applied with the target in the similar contexts.
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