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Nurul Haniza


Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke from their parents are more at risk of suffering from
vascular and heart health problems in the future, besides that smoking behavior in fathers also causes
low nutritional status in smokers' families. Stopping smoking is very difficult, so smoking away from
children is one solution that can be offered to keep children from being exposed to cigarette smoke but
fathers can still smoke through a process of communication between partners. The purpose of the study
was to determine the effectiveness of wife assertive communication as a form of social support for the
father's smoking behavior outside the home. The research conducted was research with intervention in
the form of assertive communication training on wives. The location of the study was conducted in the
Fisherman Village in Bulukumba District, South Sulawesi. Therefore communication in an assertive way
is considered important to do so that the father also does not feel disturbed "pleasure" when smoking.
The sample is the wife of the fishermen who will be given assertive knowledge or techniques totaling 26
people. The wife was chosen to be the target of intervention because the female partner would more
easily influence his male partner in changing his negative behavior. All statistical tests on the pre-test
and post-test assertive communication training, and pre-test and post-test intense daddy smoking
outside the home were conducted with non-parametric test methods taking into account the number of
samples n = <30. % of the significance assumption of 5%. The results of the study conducted showed
that assertive communication given to fishermen's wives had not provided the ability for mothers to
assert communication with their fathers to reduce smoking at home. ((Mdn = 24.50) in the pre-test and
(Mdn = 23.50) in the post-test, in the post-test, ɀ = -0.446, p <0.5; r = -0.152). This is because the
language of the material uses the language of "science" which is not understood because of the low
education of the fishermen and the fairly short intervention time. The conclusion of the study showed
that there was no increase in changes in assertive communication skills in the intervention subjects
(mothers) after being given treatment or assertive communication training interventions. In terms of
knowledge, the intervention subject gets a better understanding, but the skills or skills to make
communication are still inadequate. Nevertheless, the social control function of the family in terms of
changing smoking behavior must be fixed and continuously improved by providing the ability to "dare"
to provide health information to their partners. Suggestion: Assertive communication training needs to
be followed up by health workers to limit the smoking behavior of fathers in the home which are also
given to health cadres and empowerment workers in the village, which is supported by the causes of
media coverage for health communication.
Keywords: Assertive communication, social support, smoking behavior

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