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Understanding the meaning of smoking behaviour through the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
2003 (English)In: Theoria : journal of nursing theory, ISSN 1400-8033, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 5-12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to explore the meaning of smoking behaviour by applying the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty. Behaviour is a result of body-mind reacting on its world and is always intentional. The meaning of smoking behaviour is discussed in relation to body and space, formation of body image and identity, and learning of a habit. A habit is entrenched at the bodily level and in order to change the habit, the person has to re-identify herself at the bodily level as well as at the cognitive and emotional levels. It is suggested that the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty could be used in practice and research to improve smoking prevention and cessation strategies.

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Stockholm: Theoria , 2003. Vol. 12, no 2, p. 5-12
Keywords [en]
Behavior, Philosophy, Smoking, Humans, Self Concept, Qualitative Studies
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-3555OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-3555DiVA, id: diva2:284859
Available from: 2010-01-08 Created: 2009-12-01 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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