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Am J Health Behav. 2005 Jan-Feb;29(1):3-11.

A new measure of smoking initiation and progression among adolescents.

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Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, and Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Alhambra 91803, USA. sping@usc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop a new measure of smoking initiation and progression among adolescents.

METHOD:

This study used data from 2504 regular and alternative high school students to evaluate the psychometric properties of a new 3-item, 5-stage measure of smoking initiation and progression.

RESULTS:

The categorization method showed good 4-week test-retest reliability (.83 among boys and .87 among girls). The demographic distribution of adolescents into stages was consistent with previous research.

CONCLUSION:

This 5-stage classification method could be a useful framework for describing variation along the smoking up-take and progression continuum.

PMID:
15604046
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