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Am J Health Behav. 2007 May-Jun;31(3):261-71.

Parental smoking, closeness to parents, and youth smoking.

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Department of Internal Medicine and Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA 23298-0306, USA. dbwilson@vcu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine parent closeness and its effect in predicting youth smoking when 0, 1, or 2 parents smoked.

METHODS:

Youth and parent smoking, closeness to parents, family structure, and gender and ethnicity among middle (n=17,468) and high school (n=5457) students were measured using a questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Number of parents smoking incrementally moderated the protective effect of all 4 measures of parent closeness, in predicting youth smoking.

CONCLUSIONS:

Addressing parent smoking and strengthening family relationships need significantly greater emphasis in interventions to further reduce youth smoking.

PMID:
17402866
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.3.261
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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