Cigarette Use in 6th Through 10th Grade: The Sarasota County Demonstration Project

Authors: Zapata, Lauren B.1; Forthofer, Melinda S.2; Eaton, Danice K.1; Brown, Kelli McCormack3; Bryant, Carol A.1; Reynolds, Sherri T.4; McDermot, Robert J.1

Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 28, Number 2, March 2004 , pp. 151-165(15)

Publisher: PNG Publications

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Abstract:

Objectives: To identify factors associated with cigarette smoking in the 6th-grade through 10th-grade youth population of Sarasota County, Florida. Methods: A closed-ended, quantitative survey was completed by 2004 youth and used to extract population-specific data on the correlates of cigarette use. Results: A range of factors influence cigarette use including self-efficacy to refuse offers of cigarettes, perceived emotional benefits, and perceived maternal disapproval of smoking. Conclusions: Results underscore the need for multiple-component interventions. This study is unique in that it represents population-specific research in which community partners are using the findings to develop community-specific prevention marketing interventions.

Keywords: adolescent health; cigarette use; community-based research; risk behaviors; social marketing

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.28.2.6

Affiliations: 1: Florida Prevention Research Center at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL. 2: Research and Evaluation Unit, Florida Prevention Research Center at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL. 3: Sarasota County Demonstration Project, Florida Prevention Research Center at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL. 4: Pupil Support Services, Sarasota County School Board, 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota, FL.

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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