Navigation Links
Smoking, teens and their parents: New research
Date:11/23/2008

A new study found that adolescents were at the greatest risk of smoking when their parents began smoking at an early age and the parents' smoking quickly reached high levels and persisted over time.

The study, published in the November issue of Health Psychology, draws from the long-running Indiana University Smoking Survey and builds on previous research that suggests smoking behavior is influenced by both genetics and the environment.

"This particular study focuses more on the genetic influence in the specific case of a parent's smoking behavior impacting a teenage son or daughter's smoking," said Jon Macy, project director of the IU Smoking Survey in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. "The study findings suggest that the characteristics of early onset and high levels of long-term smoking are great candidates for behavioral and molecular genetic studies of the causes of smoking and how smoking behavior is passed from one generation to the next.

"Of course, environmental influences on adolescents such as parenting practices, availability of cigarettes in the home, and parents' attitudes about smoking are equally as important and can be addressed with effective public health interventions including family-based smoking prevention programs."

Previous studies, many of which relied on parents' current smoking status only, offered mixed results about whether parental smoking is predictive of adolescent smoking. The current study, however, used longitudinal data to identify more detailed information about parental smoking behaviors such as amount of smoking, speed of escalation, peak of use and persistence over time.

The IU Smoking Survey, a 28-year longitudinal study of the natural history of cigarette smoking, is the longest running study of its kind. Researchers began collecting data in 1980 from middle and high school students in Monroe County, Ind. Researchers continue to collect data from participants and have now started surveying their children.

"This study used a more informative description of parental smoking behaviors," Macy said. "We've found that these descriptions might do a better job than current parental smoking status of predicting risk of their adolescent children starting to smoke."


'/>"/>

Contact: Amanda Daugherty
amadaugh@indiana.edu
812-856-3136
Indiana University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. New Report: Increasing Oregons Cigarette Tax Will Reduce Smoking, Save Lives and Save Money
2. New IOF Report Shows Smoking, Alcohol, Being Underweight and Poor Nutrition Harm Our Bones
3. New Report: Increasing Marylands Cigarette Tax Will Reduce Smoking, Save Lives and Save Money
4. Smokers Remain Unaware of the Health Effects of Smoking, New Survey Finds
5. Ovarian cancer risk not affected by alcohol and smoking, but reduced by caffeine
6. Smoking, Drinking, Cholesterol May Be Alzheimers Risk Factors
7. Report confirms increased risk of smoking, substance abuse in bipolar adolescents
8. New Report: Increasing Mississippis Cigarette Tax Will Reduce Smoking, Save Lives and Save Money
9. Fewer College Kids Smoking, But Industry Tactics a Threat
10. New Report: Ballot Measure 3 Will Reduce Smoking, Save Lives and Save Money in North Dakota
11. Current Economic Situation Prompts Increased Smoking, Delay in Quit Attempts, Middle and Low-Income Americans Hit Hardest
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... “The Land of More and More”: a brilliant story for children ... the simple and achievable answer. “The Land of More and More” is the creation ... in Angola, Indiana where he works with the children’s ministry department. , Michael ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... ... Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced over 359,000 clinicians ... 2017. Clinicians who participate in APMs are paid for the quality of care they ... to build a system that delivers better care and one in which clinicians work ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... ... Next week after January 20th, the fear for many is that the humane ... of over 30 million. Many interviews with Dr. Carol Francis at the Los Angeles ... suppose to prioritize. Interviews provided below. , Among those present was Senator ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... With the cold weather here, many people will have to clear ... when clearing large amounts of snow, but they can be dangerous when used incorrectly. That’s ... Safety Commission for the proper use of snow blowers:, , When ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... LabRoots ... scientists from around the world, announces the launch of its newly redesigned website. ... portal to research breakthroughs and trending news, vital information on upcoming virtual events ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017   Science Exchange ... excited to announce that the first five replication ...  (RP:CB) have been published in eLife today. Despite ... represents the first practical evaluation of reproducibility rates ... reproducible studies. Unlike other assessments of reproducibility, the ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Marks E-QURE , s 3 ... similar agreements in Israel and Argentina ... 5 billion global market ... medical devices for the treatment of advanced wound care, announced today it signed ... Colombia for the Company,s patented Bio-electrical Signal Therapy device ("BST ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... The drug delivery technology market is projected ... 1,179.20 billion in 2016, at a CAGR of 7.2% ... diseases, increasing demand for biologics, technological advancements, and new ... this market. Whereas, self-administration & home care and rising ... opportunities for players operating in this market. On the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: