Bridging Research to Practice: Native American Stories of Becoming Smoke-free

Haring, R.C.
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Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawaii at Manoa
The use of recreational and commercial tobacco products (nonceremonial or sacred) in North American Indian populations is alarmingly high. A qualitative study based on grounded theory and guided by social work principles was used to discover the methods, strategies, and processes 16 members of the Seneca Nation used when they quit smoking. The study revealed that participants used a five-step process to quit smoking: becoming aware, internalizing realizations, considering health, “setting in mind” to quit, and reflecting. The theory emerging from the project was named “healthy mind-setting.” The results provide a framework for health care and service providers working with Seneca recreational tobacco users and may have significant relevance for indigenous populations worldwide.
Native American, American Indian, indigenous, cigarettes, tobacco, intervention, smoking cessation, health, health disparity, qualitative research, community based research, indigenous model, grounded theory
Haring, R. C. (2010). Bridging Research to Practice: Native American Stories of Becoming Smoke-free. Journal of Indigenous Voices in Social Work, 1(1).
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