Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Targeting the "pre-smokers": A review of three factors associated with adolescent smoking habits
by Boujikian, Danielle S., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 50; 1586146
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate external factors in relation to their effect on adolescent smoking. The author measured smoking rates against variables of family and peer influence, community and school programs, and celebrity role models and the media. Three hypotheses were developed: (1) the less adult supervision there is after school, the higher chance adolescents have of smoking; (2) adolescents with lower levels of school support are more likely to smoke; (3) adolescents with entertainer role models have a higher chance of smoking. The ANOVA test was used to evaluate data from the California Health Interview Survey 2012. The results from this study produced slight but not statistically significant relationships except for celebrity role models and adolescent smoking rates. Studies such as these need to continue in order to decrease the percentage of teens that use tobacco and prevent them from continuing to smoke into adulthood.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
Commitee: Shimoga, Sandhya, Sinay, Tony
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Care Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Individual & family studies, Health care management
Keywords: Adolescent smoking, Entertainer role models, Family and peer influence, Healthcare, School support
Publication Number: 1586146
ISBN: 978-1-321-67126-1
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