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A New Measure of Smoking Initiation and Progression Among Adolescents

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Abstract:

Objective: To develop a new measure of smoking initiation and progression among adolescents. Method: This study used data from 2504 regular and alternative high school students to evaluate the psychometric properties of a new 3-item, 5-stage measure of smoking initiation and progression. Results: The categorization method showed good 4-week test-retest reliability (.83 among boys and .87 among girls). The demographic distribution of adolescents into stages was consistent with previous research. Conclusion: This 5-stage classification method could be a useful framework for describing variation along the smoking up-take and progression continuum.

Keywords: cigarette smoking; initiation; progression; stages; tobacco use

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.29.1.1

Affiliations: Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, and Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA.

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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