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No smoke without fire: The impact of future friends on adolescent smoking behaviour.
Br J Health Psychol. 2011 Feb; 16(Pt 1):170-88.BJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

This study examined the impact of future friends and the contribution of different social influence and selection processes in predicting adolescents' smoking behaviour by extending the theory of planned behaviour (TPB). We investigated the impact of previous smoking, direct pressure from friends, descriptive norms of present and future friends, smoking-based selection of future friends, and distinguished between reciprocal and desired friends.

DESIGN

A longitudinal design with three measurements was used. METHODSL: The sample consisted of 1,475 Dutch high school students (mean age = 12.7 years) that participated as a control group in the European Smoking prevention Framework Approach study at three measurements.

RESULTS

Structural equation modelling revealed that adolescent smoking was influenced by intention, previous smoking, descriptive norms of parents and siblings, and that desired as well as reciprocal friends were selected based on similar smoking behaviour. Future friends indirectly influenced adolescent smoking through intention, as did attitude, subjective norms of parents and siblings, previous smoking, and descriptive norms of reciprocal friends and siblings.

CONCLUSIONS

The present results suggest that descriptive norms and selection of friends need to be considered as major factors explaining smoking behaviour among adolescents besides the TPB components. These insights contribute to the further refinement of smoking prevention strategies.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI), Maastricht, The Netherlands. liesbeth.mercken@maastrichtuniversity.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21226790

Citation

Mercken, L, et al. "No Smoke Without Fire: the Impact of Future Friends On Adolescent Smoking Behaviour." British Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 16, no. Pt 1, 2011, pp. 170-88.
Mercken L, Candel M, van Osch L, et al. No smoke without fire: The impact of future friends on adolescent smoking behaviour. Br J Health Psychol. 2011;16(Pt 1):170-88.
Mercken, L., Candel, M., van Osch, L., & de Vries, H. (2011). No smoke without fire: The impact of future friends on adolescent smoking behaviour. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16(Pt 1), 170-88. https://doi.org/10.1348/135910710X531608
Mercken L, et al. No Smoke Without Fire: the Impact of Future Friends On Adolescent Smoking Behaviour. Br J Health Psychol. 2011;16(Pt 1):170-88. PubMed PMID: 21226790.
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TY - JOUR T1 - No smoke without fire: The impact of future friends on adolescent smoking behaviour. AU - Mercken,L, AU - Candel,M, AU - van Osch,L, AU - de Vries,H, PY - 2011/1/14/entrez PY - 2011/1/14/pubmed PY - 2011/3/23/medline SP - 170 EP - 88 JF - British journal of health psychology JO - Br J Health Psychol VL - 16 IS - Pt 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: This study examined the impact of future friends and the contribution of different social influence and selection processes in predicting adolescents' smoking behaviour by extending the theory of planned behaviour (TPB). We investigated the impact of previous smoking, direct pressure from friends, descriptive norms of present and future friends, smoking-based selection of future friends, and distinguished between reciprocal and desired friends. DESIGN: A longitudinal design with three measurements was used. METHODSL: The sample consisted of 1,475 Dutch high school students (mean age = 12.7 years) that participated as a control group in the European Smoking prevention Framework Approach study at three measurements. RESULTS: Structural equation modelling revealed that adolescent smoking was influenced by intention, previous smoking, descriptive norms of parents and siblings, and that desired as well as reciprocal friends were selected based on similar smoking behaviour. Future friends indirectly influenced adolescent smoking through intention, as did attitude, subjective norms of parents and siblings, previous smoking, and descriptive norms of reciprocal friends and siblings. CONCLUSIONS: The present results suggest that descriptive norms and selection of friends need to be considered as major factors explaining smoking behaviour among adolescents besides the TPB components. These insights contribute to the further refinement of smoking prevention strategies. SN - 1359-107X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21226790/No_smoke_without_fire:_The_impact_of_future_friends_on_adolescent_smoking_behaviour_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1348/135910710X531608 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -