Personality, depressive symptoms and smoking status among Turkish university students

Hikmet Yazici1
1Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey
Cite this article:  Yazici, H. (2008). Personality, depressive symptoms and smoking status among Turkish university students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 36(6), 799-810.

Volume 36 Issue 6 | e1745 | Published: July 2008 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.6.799

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The association between the sociotropic/autonomic personality characteristics, depressive symptoms and cigarette-smoking status of 385 male and 241 female university students was examined. Depressive symptoms and sociotropic/autonomic personality were measured using the Beck Depression Inventory (adapted for use in Turkey by Hisli [1998]) and the Sociotropy-Autonomy Scale (adapted for use in Turkey by Sahin, Ulusoy, & Sahin [1993]); smoking behaviors were also assessed. Logistic regression analysis was used to assess the association between sociotropic/autonomic personality characteristics, depressive symptoms and cigarette-smoking status. Current smokers showed a trend, scoring higher than nonsmokers on depressive symptoms, and they also scored significantly higher than nonsmokers on autonomy. Results also show that depressive symptoms (OR = 1.07, 95% CI = 1.05-1.10), and autonomy (OR = 1.02, 95% CI = 1.01-1.03) were predictive variables of current smoking status.

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