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Trend Analysis of Cigarette Smoking by Indiana Adolescents, 1991-2000

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Objectives: To examine the feasibility of using a composite index of smoking behaviors to analyze adolescent smoking. Methods: A secondary analysis of data from 10 annual surveys (1991-2000), from 566,467 Indiana students in grades 6 through 12. A composite index was calculated, and differences between index scores were analyzed using 1-way ANOVA, Tukey's post hoc tests, and 2-way moving averages. Results: Index scores increased before 1997 and decreased after 1976, with greater change among 7th through 10th graders. Conclusion: The 2-way moving average comparison of a composite index, used with prevalence-based trend analyses, provides a more complete picture of changes in adolescent cigarette smoking.

Keywords: adolescent smoking; trend analysis

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Health and Nutrition Science, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. 2: Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 3: Applied Health Science and Executive Director, Indiana Prevention Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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