Development of a telephone-based intervention for support persons to help smokers quit

Christi A. Patten, Larra R. Petersen, Tabetha A. Brockman, Tracy Gerber, Kenneth P. Offord, Jon O. Ebbert, Christine A. Hughes, Paul A. Decker, Carmen Beddow, Karin Pyan, Stephanie Quigg, Jeannie Boness

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This study represents the first step toward systematic behavioral treatment development and pilot testing of a novel approach to smoking cessation that utilizes adults interested in helping someone to stop smoking (i.e., support persons) as the agent of change. The counselor manual for a telephone-based intervention for support persons was developed based on a previous clinic-based intervention. Social cognitive theory served as the conceptual basis for the intervention. Ten adult non-smoking females completed the treatment protocol, consisting of six 20 - 30-min sessions and written materials. The support person was the sole recipient of the professional intervention. Feedback was obtained from 8 of the 10 participants and all 4 telephone counselors 1 week post-treatment (week 10). Results indicate that the telephone-based intervention was feasible and acceptable to participants. The intervention was refined based on participant and counselor feedback and will be subsequently tested in a randomized pilot trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008


  • Help-seeking
  • Non-smokers
  • Social support
  • Telephone-based
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Willingness to help

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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