Readiness to quit cigarette smoking, intimate partner violence, and substance abuse among arrested violent women

Gregory L. Stuart, Jeffrey Meehan, Jeff R. Temple, Todd M. Moore, Julianne Hellmuth, Katherine Follansbee, Meghan Morean

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Abstract

Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of preventable mortality in the United States. Not much data are available regarding the prevalence and correlates of cigarette smoking in female perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV). Ninety-eight arrested violent women were recruited from court-referred batterer intervention programs. The prevalence of smoking in the sample was 62%. Smokers reported higher levels of substance abuse, psychopathology, general violence, and IPV perpetration and victimization than nonsmokers. Most smokers (65%) indicated a desire to quit within the next year. The results highlight the importance of screening for cigarette smoking in violence intervention programs and offering assistance to those who choose to quit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-399
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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