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Am J Public Health. 2003 Jul;93(7):1155-60.

Parent's socioeconomic status, adolescents' disposable income, and adolescents' smoking status in Massachusetts.

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Department of Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined the association between parental socioeconomic status (SES) and adolescent smoking.

METHODS:

We conducted telephone interviews with a probability sample of 1308 Massachusetts adolescents aged 12 to 17 years. We used multiple-variable-adjusted logistic regression models.

RESULTS:

The risk of adolescent smoking increased by 28% with each step down in parental education and increased by 30% for each step down in parental household income. These associations persisted after adjustment for age, sex, race/ethnicity, and adolescent disposable income. Parental smoking status was a mediator of these associations.

CONCLUSIONS:

Parental SES is inversely associated with adolescent smoking. Parental smoking is a mediator but does not fully explain the association.

PMID:
12835202
PMCID:
PMC1447926
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.93.7.1155
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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