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Akre, Christina; Suris, Joan-Carles – Health Education Research, 2017
Electronic cigarettes (ECs) acting as a gateway to smoking traditional cigarettes (TCs) is a growing public health concern of EC use among youths. To gather the opinions and perceptions of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) on whether and how EC can act as a gateway to smoking TC among youths. A qualitative method included 42 AYAs. Participants…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Young Adults, Adolescent Attitudes, Smoking
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Akre, Christina; Suris, Joan-Carles – Health Education Research, 2014
While one of the main objectives of adolescence is to achieve autonomy, for the specific population of adolescents with a chronic illness (CI), the struggle for autonomy is accentuated by the limits implied by their illness. However, little is known concerning the way their parents manage and cope with their children's autonomy acquisition.…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Parents, Chronic Illness, Psychological Needs
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Akre, Christina; Michaud, Pierre-Andre; Berchtold, Andre; Suris, Joan-Carles – Health Education Research, 2010
The purpose of this article is to identify tobacco and cannabis co-consumptions and consumers' perceptions of each substance. A qualitative research including 22 youths (14 males) aged 15-21 years in seven individual interviews and five focus groups. Discussions were recorded, transcribed verbatim and transferred to Atlas.ti software for narrative…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Health Education, Health Promotion, Prevention
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Thurnherr, Judit; Michaud, Pierre-Andre; Berchtold, Andre; Akre, Christina; Suris, Joan-Carles – Health Education Research, 2009
The objective of this study was to characterize weapon-carrying adolescents and to assess whether weapon carriers differ from weapon users. Data were drawn from a cross-sectional school-based survey of 7548 adolescents aged 16-20 years in Switzerland. Youths carrying a weapon were compared with those who do not. Subsequently, weapon carriers were…
Descriptors: Weapons, Violence, Delinquency, Economically Disadvantaged