Title

Risk Perception and Moralization Among Smokers in the USA and Denmark: A Qualitative Approach

Roles

Student author: Margaret R. Tobias
Student author: Bettina M. Cerban

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2010

Department

Psychology

Language

English

Publication Title

British Journal of Health Psychology

Abstract

Objectives. The present research explored the role that culture plays in smokers' description of their risk perceptions and experiences as targets of moralization.

Methods. We conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with 15 smokers each from Denmark (a smoking-lenient culture) and the USA (a smoking-prohibitive culture).

Results. Smokers said they were well aware of the risks of smoking yet minimized the risks of active and passive smoking; Danes were particularly likely to minimize these risks. Smokers also described many experiences as targets of moralization and accepted some elements of moralized attitudes although overall Danes more strongly rejected moralized opinions. Smokers described adjusting to moralization by changing when and where but not how much they smoked.

Conclusion. It is important to consider cultural influences on moralization and risk perception of smoking.

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DOI

10.1348/135910710X490415

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