Self-monitoring and reactivity in the modification of cigarette smoking

David B. Abrams, G. Terence Wilson

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The reactive effects of self-monitoring (SM) as a function of varying the specific nature of the target behavior and the perceived negative consequences of the behavior were investigated with 40 20-55 yr old chronic smokers (at least 15 cigarettes/day for 2 yrs). Ss were assigned to 1 of 4 conditions from stratified blocks based on initial smoking rates: (a) SM nicotine plus health hazard information; (b) SM nicotine with no health hazard information; (c) SM cigarettes plus health information; and (d) SM cigarettes with no health information. Ss self-monitored during a 4-wk nondemand phase and during a 4-wk treatment phase or until they quit smoking. The 2 nicotine SM groups showed greater reactivity. There were no differences among groups as a function of exposure to health hazard information. Results are discussed in relation to models of self-control and previous investigations of other parameters of reactive SM. (27 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-251
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1979
Externally publishedYes


  • self monitoring nicotine vs cigarettes with vs without health hazard information, smoking rates, 20-55 yr old chronic smokers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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