A family consultation intervention for health-compromised smokers

Varda Shoham, Michael J. Rohrbaugh, Sarah E. Trost, Myra Muramoto

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Although spousal support predicts the success of a smoker's cessation efforts, "social-support" interventions based on teaching partners better support skills have had consistently disappointing results. We examined the potential utility of a family consultation (FAMCON) intervention based on family-systems principles in a treatment-development project involving 20 couples in which one partner (the primary smoker) continued to smoke despite having or being at significant risk for heart or lung disease. The 50% rate of stable abstinence achieved by primary smokers over at least 6 months exceeds benchmark success rates reported in the literature for other comparably intensive interventions, suggesting that a couple-focused intervention different in concept and format from social-support interventions tested in the past may hold promise for health-compromised smokers. The FAMCON approach appeared particularly well suited to female smokers and smokers whose partner also smoked-two subgroups at high risk for relapse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-402
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Family consultation
  • Health-compromised smokers
  • Smoking cessation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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