ERIC Number: ED111826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct-10
Reference Count: 0
A Multivariate Analysis of Selected Psychosocial Variables on the Development of Subsequent Youth Smoking Behavior.
Allegrante, John P.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze interaction effects of selected psychosocial variables on the development of subsequent smoking behavior among youth who had originally identified themselves on a survey as never having smoked. The subjects were seventh grade students who had participated in a total of three surveys over a two year period. At the end of the two year study period, the subjects identified themselves according to their present smoking behavior as either a smoker, ex-smoker, or never smoked. The psychosocial independent variables analyzed were (1) future educational plans, (2) organized school athletic team participation, (3) time spent per week in extracurricular school group activities, (4) parental smoking behavior, (5) peer smoking behavior, (6) whether or not any relatives or friends had died of lung cancer, (7) knowledge of the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking, (8) students' own perceived future smoking behavior, and (9) parental attitude toward smoking as perceived by students. The data were analyzed by sex. Findings suggested that the interaction effects of several psychosocial variables are indicative of subsequent smoking behavior among youth. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented before the Research Council at the Annual Meeting of the American School Health Association (49th, Denver, Colorado, October 10, 1975)