USING THE THEORY OF REASONED ACTION TO PREDICT SMOKING INTENTION AMONG NON-SMOKING SECONDARY SCHOOL GOING ADOLESCENTS IN PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

  • Kuang Hock Lim Institute for Medical Research, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Jalan Pahang, 50588 Kuala Lumpur
  • Hui Li Lim Hospital Sultan Ismail, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor
  • Sumarni Mohd Ghazali Institute for Medical Research, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Jalan Pahang, 50588 Kuala Lumpur
  • Chee Cheong Kee Sector for Biostatistic and Repository Data, National Institutes of Health, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor
  • Mohd Zainuldin Tain Institute for Medical Research, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Jalan Pahang, 50588 Kuala Lumpur
  • Yoon Ling Cheong Institute for Medical Research, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Jalan Pahang, 50588 Kuala Lumpur
  • Yong Kang Cheah School of Business Finance and Banking, College of Business, University Utara Malaysia, 06010 Sintok, Kedah
  • Syazwan Aizat Ismail Institut Latihan Kementerian Kesihatan Sungai Buloh, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Jalan Hospital,47000, Sungai Buloh, Selangor.
  • Pei Pei Heng Institute for Medical Research, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Jalan Pahang, 50588 Kuala Lumpur
  • Jia Hui Lim Monash University Malaysia, Bandar Sunway, 45700 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Keywords: Intention to smoke, Attitude, Subjective norms, non-smoking adolescents

Abstract

The study aims to determine the relationship of attitude and social-norm with the intention to smoke in the future among non-smoking youth. Data were derived from a study on smoking among form four students in a selected secondary school in Peninsular Malaysia, which utilised a pre-validated questionnaire to obtain data from the selected respondents. Descriptive statistics and structural equation modelling (SEM) were used in data analysis. The study revealed independent variables accounted for 22.6% of the variance in intention to initiate smoking and the model had a good fit. A significant relationship was observed between subjective norm and intention to initiate smoking (R=0.46). The study revealed that attitude and social norm substantially explained intention to smoke among non-smoking adolescents. Future measures should concentrate on correcting the subjective norms to reduce the intention to initiate smoking among non-smoking youth.

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Published
2021-08-28
How to Cite
Lim, K. H., Lim, H. L., Mohd Ghazali, S., Kee, C. C., Tain, M. Z., Cheong, Y. L., Cheah, Y. K., Ismail, S. A., Heng, P. P., & Lim, J. H. (2021). USING THE THEORY OF REASONED ACTION TO PREDICT SMOKING INTENTION AMONG NON-SMOKING SECONDARY SCHOOL GOING ADOLESCENTS IN PENINSULAR MALAYSIA . Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 21(2), 8-13. https://doi.org/10.37268/mjphm/vol.21/no.2/art.521