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.
|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|
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