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Parental Smoking, Closeness to Parents, and Youth Smoking

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Objectives : To examine parent closeness and its effect in predicting youth smoking when 0, 1, or 2 parents smoked.

Methods : Youth and parent smoking, closeness to parents, family structure, and gender and ethnicity among middle (n=17,468) and high school (n=5457) students were measured using a questionnaire.

Results : Number of parents smoking incrementally moderated the protective effect of all 4 measures of parent closeness, in predicting youth smoking.

Conclusions : Addressing parent smoking and strengthening family relationships need significantly greater emphasis in interventions to further reduce youth smoking.

Keywords: adolescents; closeness; parents; smoking

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2007-05-01

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