Year of Publication
Master of Science (MS)
Arts and Sciences
Dr. Jessica L. Burris
This cross-sectional, mixed-methods study examined the nature of, and association between, causal attributions and current smoking behavior in cervical cancer survivors who were smokers at cancer diagnosis (n=50). As a whole, participants’ beliefs about smoking as a risk factor or cause of cervical cancer in general (i.e., global attribution) and/or their own cervical cancer (i.e., personal attribution) reflected far greater endorsement of global than personal attributions. Data collection involved a quantitative survey and an optional semi-structured interview to assess key variables (i.e., smoking behavior and causal attributions). Data were analyzed via descriptive statistics and inferential tests, all of which illustrated greater endorsement of global smoking-related causal attributions versus personal attributions within the sample. In conclusion, the results of this formative study highlights the potential role of causal attributions in understanding the smoking behavior of cervical cancer survivors, the results of which aids understanding of how cancer survivors think about, and make changes in, their smoking behavior.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
K07 CA181351 (Jessica Burris)
Puleo, Gabriella E., "CAUSAL ATTRIBUTIONS AND SMOKING BEHAVIORS IN CERVICAL CANCER SURVIVORS: A MIXED-METHODS PILOT STUDY" (2018). Theses and Dissertations--Psychology. 152.