An integrated framework for the analysis of adolescent cigarette smoking in middle school latino youth

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Patricia Dittus, Ian Holloway, Alida Bouris, Linda Crossett

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Abstract

A framework based on five major theories of health behavior was used to identify the correlates of adolescent cigarette smoking. The framework emphasizes intentions to smoke cigarettes, factors that influence these intentions, and factors that moderate the intention-behavior relationship. Five hundred sixteen randomly selected Latino middle school youth in New York completed self-administered questionnaires. Adolescents reported their intentions to smoke, smoking-related expectancies, normative pressures to smoke, image implications of smoking, emotional reactions to smoking, and self-efficacy with respect to smoking. The framework yielded high levels of association with intentions to smoke. Specific smoking-related emotions, norms, and expectancies were associated with the likelihood of smoking. The framework can help guide the development of effective interventions tailored to specific populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-224
Number of pages32
JournalYouth and Society
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Latino
  • adolescents
  • cigarette smoking
  • middle school

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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