Family and peer influences on smoking behavior among American adolescents: An age trend

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James M. Eddy, Department Head and Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Purpose: To study the age trend of family and peer influence on adolescent smoking behavior using a national sample. Methods: Adolescents (N = 6,900), ages 14 through 18 years, from the 1988-89 Teenage Attitudes and Practices Survey, were selected for analyses. Data collected included measures for smoking status of the adolescent and their family and peers. Results: Peer influence, such as the smoking status of best male/female friends, proved to be the most significant and consistent predictor across all ages, while parental influence had little effect on adolescent smoking status. Gender-specific effects were noted in the peer influence of adolescent smoking. Conclusions: The peer influence on adolescent smoking, across ages 14 through 18 years, confirmed previous literature. However, no differential effect of family and peer influence on adolescent smoking was evident.

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Journal of Adolescent Health, 16, 3, 200-203
Language: English
Date: 1995
Adolescent tobacco use, Parental influence of smoking, Peer influence of smoking, Family and peer influence of smoking

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