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ERIC Number: EJ794042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1529-1944
Risk Behaviors Associated with Cigarette Use among Asian American Adolescents
Kwon, Harry T.; Wang, Min Qi; Valmidiano, Lillian L.
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v8 p11-17 2005
Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing minority groups in the United States. This study examined the association between several common youth risk behaviors, including cigarette use among Asian American adolescents, using data (N=408) from the 2001 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The weighted univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed with Survey Data Analysis (SUDAAN) to adjust the standard error estimate of the multistage sampling. The main outcome variable was cigarette smoking behavior (past 30 days), reported as a binary (dichotomous) variable. The significant predictors from the univariate model were alcohol use, marijuana use, academic grades, multiple sex partners, and weight (p[less than]0.01). The multivariate logistic regression revealed that Asian American adolescents who engaged in alcohol use (OR=10.43, 95% CI=5.02, 21.68), used marijuana (OR=4.90, 95% CI=1.91, 12.59), and had mostly C or lower academic grades (OR=5.86, 95% CI=2.66, 12.90) were more likely to report cigarette use. Common risk factors and adolescent behaviors play a role in cigarette use, and this information can be applied in developing health education programs for Asian American high school students. (Contains 3 tables.) [Abstract provided in both English and Spanish.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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