Redefining smoking relapse as recovered social identity – secondary qualitative analysis of relapse narratives

Notley, Caitlin and Collins, Rory (2018) Redefining smoking relapse as recovered social identity – secondary qualitative analysis of relapse narratives. Journal of Substance Use, 23 (6). pp. 660-666. ISSN 1465-9891

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Abstract

Although many people in the general population manage to quit smoking, relapse is common. Theory underpinning the determinants of smoking relapse is under-developed. This article aims to specify theoretical insight into the process of relapse to smoking, to underpin effective intervention development. Secondary qualitative analysis of extended narratives of smoking relapse (n=23) were inductively coded within our conceptual framework of a socially situated narrative theoretical approach to identity. Smoking relapse is conceptualised as a situated rational response to a ‘disruption’ in individual narrative identity formation, and an attempt to recover a lost social identity. Emotional reactions to relapse, such as pleasure, but also guilt and shame, support this assertion by demonstrating the ambivalence of re-engaging in a behaviour that is situated and rational in terms of individual identity formation, yet ostracised and stigmatised by wider culture.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tobacco smoking relapse,social identity,secondary qualitative analysis
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 May 2018 16:30
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2020 00:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67153
DOI: 10.1080/14659891.2018.1489009

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