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Am J Health Behav. 2001 Mar-Apr;25(2):147-56.

Predicting regular cigarette use among continuation high school students.

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Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide a 1-year prospective examination of social, behavioral, intrapersonal and demographic factors that predict transition from experimental to regular cigarette use among continuation high school students.

METHODS:

A cohort of 252 students completed baseline and 1-year follow-up questionnaires on health behaviors.

RESULTS:

Relatively low smoking prevalence estimates, intention to smoke in the next year, violence perpetration, perceived stress, sensation seeking, and male gender predicted the transition to regular use 1 year later.

CONCLUSION:

Intrapersonal variables may be relatively important in predicting the progression from experimental to regular smoking.

PMID:
11297044
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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