Relationship between meaning in life and smoking status: Results of a national representative survey

Barna Konkolÿ Thege, Yaacov G. Bachner, Talma Kushnir, Maria S. Kopp

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Abstract

Very little is known about the association between cigarette use and perceived level of meaning in life, although the connection of other addictive behaviors with the feeling of meaninglessness has been widely investigated. The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between life meaning and smoking status in a large national representative sample. A total of 12,643 people were interviewed in the Hungarostudy 2002 survey, representing the Hungarian population according to gender, age, and sub-regions of the country. Multinomial logistic regression analysis showed that meaning in life scores significantly differentiated between current and never smokers, as well as between current and former smokers. In addition, the difference in life meaning scores between never and ex-smokers was insignificant, and gender did not interact with life meaning in relation to smoking status. Further research is needed to clarify the nature and mediators of the observed relationship between life meaning and smoking in order to better understand the role of existential concerns in cigarette use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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