Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Family Factors and Knowledge

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Journal of Asian and African Studies
For new content, see African and Asian Studies.

This study examined the family context for knowledge, attitudes and efforts regarding exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (i.e. passive smoking) among Malaysian medical students. Women, non-smokers, and never smokers scored better on all three scales. Students whose brothers did not smoke scored better on knowledge and attitude scales. Although knowledge, attitudes and effort scores were not higher among those whose friends did not smoke, there were consistent correlations between those scores and friends' pressures not to smoke, particularly for men and non-smokers. Friends' pressures not to smoke were correlated only with attitude scores among smokers (the more the pressure from friends, the better the attitude about protecting others from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.) Women, men and non-smokers received consistent pressures from others not to smoke. That is, for these three groups, where a family member or friend admonished the student not to smoke, there was also likely to be pressure from others. This was not the case for smokers. There was a consistent pattern of correlations between knowledge, attitudes and efforts for men, women and non-smokers, but there was a link only between attitudes and efforts among smokers. So even among these who smoked, pro-health attitudes were linked with pro-health efforts. Of special interest were the relationships between the family context and the extent to which medical students felt a commitment to inform patients about the hazards of environmental cigarette smoke. Never smokers and those whose brothers did not smoke had better scores on the patient responsibility to inform variable. Scores on this variable were correlated with friends' but not other family members' pressures not to smoke. While physician responsibility to inform variable was related to scores on knowledge, attitudes and efforts for the general sample, and for men, women and non-smokers, this was not true for smokers. Here physician responsibility was related only to knowledge.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Human Services and Professional Leadership, College of Education and Human Services, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh WI 5490108666; 2: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; 3: Michigan State University


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Journal of Asian and African Studies — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation