Effects of Smoking on Individual Adults with Schizophrenia
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Introduction Completed 3
Purpose of the Research Completed 4
Framing of the Study Completed 4
Initial Research Questions Completed 5
Review of Related Literature 6
Overall Approach and Rational for the Study
Site and Sample Selection Completed
Data Collection Methods
Data Management Strategies
Potential Contributions of the Research
Data Analysis Strategies
According to Hagman, Delnevo, Hrywna, et al. (2008, p 583), smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and accounts for approximately 1 of every 5 deaths each year. Although rates of cigarette use have dropped among the general population, smoking continues to be a major public health problem, specifically for individuals with mental illnesses (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008). Between 40% and 85% of individuals with various forms of mental illness currently smoke cigarettes, and these estimates are as much as 4 times as high as the current prevalence of smoking among the U.S. adult population (Kalman, Morrisette, & George, 2005). Additionally, individuals with mental illness suffer from tobacco-related diseases at twice the rate of same-aged adults without mental illness (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008).
The research topic I have chosen is focused on mentally disabled adults, specifically adult individuals with Schizophrenia and the effects smoking has on those specific individuals. The research question I wish to answer is: What is the relation between smoking and adult individuals with Schizophrenia? I have chosen this topic partly as a result of my interest developed from my educational and employment...