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Mothers' attitudes and concerns about their children smoking: do they influence kids?
Prev Med. 2002 Feb; 34(2):198-206.PM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The effects of mothers' attitudes and concerns about tobacco use on whether their children take up smoking are largely unknown. This study examined the predictive effects of mothers' attitudes about tobacco and concerns about their children smoking.

METHODS

Self-reported data from a large number of 12th-grade students (2,736) and their mothers were used. Mothers' attitudes and concerns were assessed when their children were 3rd graders (age 8), at the start of the smoking acquisition period; their children were then followed prospectively (with attrition of only 5%) for 9 years to the end of the period (12th grade) for the assessment of smoking behavior.

RESULTS

In households in which both parents are nonsmokers, strong maternal antismoking attitudes are associated with a statistically significant approximately 50% reduction (P < 0.05) in the prevalence of smoking by adolescent children. In contrast, in households in which one or both parents are current smokers, there was no reduction in adolescent smoking associated with mothers' antismoking attitudes.

CONCLUSIONS

Maternal antismoking attitudes when their children are young predict adolescents' adoption of smoking at 12th grade, but only when parental behavior is consistent with these attitudes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Public Health Sciences, Cancer Prevention Research Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109-1024, USA. rander@fhcrc.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11817915

Citation

Andersen, M Robyn, et al. "Mothers' Attitudes and Concerns About Their Children Smoking: Do They Influence Kids?" Preventive Medicine, vol. 34, no. 2, 2002, pp. 198-206.
Andersen MR, Leroux BG, Marek PM, et al. Mothers' attitudes and concerns about their children smoking: do they influence kids? Prev Med. 2002;34(2):198-206.
Andersen, M. R., Leroux, B. G., Marek, P. M., Peterson, A. V., Kealey, K. A., Bricker, J., & Sarason, I. G. (2002). Mothers' attitudes and concerns about their children smoking: do they influence kids? Preventive Medicine, 34(2), 198-206.
Andersen MR, et al. Mothers' Attitudes and Concerns About Their Children Smoking: Do They Influence Kids. Prev Med. 2002;34(2):198-206. PubMed PMID: 11817915.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Mothers' attitudes and concerns about their children smoking: do they influence kids? AU - Andersen,M Robyn, AU - Leroux,Brian G, AU - Marek,Patrick M, AU - Peterson,Arthur V,Jr AU - Kealey,Kathleen A, AU - Bricker,Jonathan, AU - Sarason,Irwin G, PY - 2002/1/31/pubmed PY - 2002/3/5/medline PY - 2002/1/31/entrez SP - 198 EP - 206 JF - Preventive medicine JO - Prev Med VL - 34 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND: The effects of mothers' attitudes and concerns about tobacco use on whether their children take up smoking are largely unknown. This study examined the predictive effects of mothers' attitudes about tobacco and concerns about their children smoking. METHODS: Self-reported data from a large number of 12th-grade students (2,736) and their mothers were used. Mothers' attitudes and concerns were assessed when their children were 3rd graders (age 8), at the start of the smoking acquisition period; their children were then followed prospectively (with attrition of only 5%) for 9 years to the end of the period (12th grade) for the assessment of smoking behavior. RESULTS: In households in which both parents are nonsmokers, strong maternal antismoking attitudes are associated with a statistically significant approximately 50% reduction (P < 0.05) in the prevalence of smoking by adolescent children. In contrast, in households in which one or both parents are current smokers, there was no reduction in adolescent smoking associated with mothers' antismoking attitudes. CONCLUSIONS: Maternal antismoking attitudes when their children are young predict adolescents' adoption of smoking at 12th grade, but only when parental behavior is consistent with these attitudes. SN - 0091-7435 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11817915/Mothers'_attitudes_and_concerns_about_their_children_smoking:_do_they_influence_kids L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0091743501909715 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -