Learning Objectives: Describe the relationship between parental monitoring and cigarette smoking uptake among youth.
Problem/Objective: Smoking prevalence rates appear to be higher among adolescents who lack a certain degree of parental involvement and supervision in their lives. The current study will look at how parental monitoring relates to cigarette smoking uptake in a cohort of youth in grades 7-10. Findings from this study can be helpful to developers of comprehensive tobacco prevention programs and to researchers in the field of tobacco prevention among youth.
METHODS: The fourth wave of a state-wide phone-based survey of a cohort of youth, now in grades 7-10 (n~ 1000)--and their parents (n~800)--will be conducted in Florida. In the past three years, the survey has collected information on tobacco use, attitudes, and knowledge from a cohort of youth in grades 4-7 when the study began. This next wave will ask questions to parents and youth about the degree of supervision and involvement in the family. The responses from parents and youth will be compared. In addition, comparisons about youth tobacco use across all four points of data collection will be made.
RESULTS: Because the latest survey will be performed between April and June of 2002, we do not have results yet. It is hypothesized that cigarette smoking uptake since baseline will be lower among youth in families with greater parental supervision.
CONCLUSIONS: The implications for tobacco prevention among youth will be discussed.
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