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Does household structure affect adolescent smoking?

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Source
Public Health Nurs. 2012 May-Jun;29(3):191-7
Publication Type
Article
Author
Neda Razaz-Rahmati
Sayed Reza Nourian
Chizimuzo T C Okoli
Author Affiliation
School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. neda.razaz@gmail.com
Source
Public Health Nurs. 2012 May-Jun;29(3):191-7
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior
Canada - epidemiology
Child
Data Collection
Family Characteristics
Female
Humans
Male
Prevalence
Smoking - epidemiology - psychology
Abstract
To examine household structure when studying determinants of youth smoking, as the configuration of a family is an important factor in the etiology of adolescent problem behaviors.
The study sample (n = 13,001) included respondents aged 12-19 years who were either living in two-parent households, single-parent households, or no-parent households, and with valid response to the smoking status questions from the Canadian Community Health Survey.
Multivariate logistic regression was used to test the presence and strength of the association between household structure and the likelihood of smoking while controlling for age, sex, household education, and exposure to secondhand smoking.
The odds of youth smoking in the single-parent household was 1.78 times greater than the odds of youth smoking in two-parent households. Similarly, the odds of youth smoking in no-parent households was 1.47 times greater than the odds of youth smoking in two-parent households.
The results indicate that there is an association between household structure and smoking among adolescents in Canada. Findings might be helpful for decision makers to recognize the context within which adolescents initiate and sustain smoking when developing strategies for the prevention and cessation of smoking among youth.
PubMed ID
22512420 View in PubMed
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