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Effectiveness of coping strategies at alleviating cue-induced craving: a pilot study


Dicker, M and Frandsen, M and Palmer, MA and Ferguson, SG, Effectiveness of coping strategies at alleviating cue-induced craving: a pilot study, Journal of Smoking Cessation, 11, (2) pp. 173-178. ISSN 1834-2612 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Journal of Smoking Cessation

DOI: doi:10.1017/jsc.2014.22


Introduction: Results from observational studies suggest that smoking-related cues play a role in triggering relapse. Coping strategies are among the most commonly used cessation strategies, but little is known about how they aid quitting.

Aims: The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the effect of a suite of selected coping techniques on alleviating cue-induced cravings.

Methods: Thirty-seven daily smokers (Intervention: 20; Control: 17) participated in two laboratory cue-reactivity sessions, separated by approximately one week, during which craving was assessed before and after exposure to smoking-related cues. Following the first session, participants in the Intervention Group were taught a suite of coping strategies. During the second session, participants in the Intervention Group were encouraged to use these strategies.

Results: Participants in the Intervention Group reported a slight decrease in craving following the acute exposure manipulation at the second session, compared to an increase in craving among participants in the Control Group. Intervention Group participants also reported a decrease in craving following prolonged exposure to the smoking cues (compared to an increase in craving among Control Group participants). In both cases, the difference between groups was more pronounced among smokers who responded to the cue-reactivity manipulation. The observed differences were not significant.

Conclusions: The results of this pilot study suggest that coping techniques may be beneficial in alleviating both the initial spike in craving observed following acute cue exposure, and aid recovery during prolonged exposure. These findings need to be replicated in a larger study.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:smoking cessation, coping strategies, cravings, cues
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Dicker, M (Ms Michelle Dicker)
UTAS Author:Frandsen, M (Dr Mai Frandsen)
UTAS Author:Palmer, MA (Associate Professor Matt Palmer)
UTAS Author:Ferguson, SG (Professor Stuart Ferguson)
ID Code:94790
Year Published:2016 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-09-17
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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