Inconsistencies in place definition: How different operational place definitions affect estimates of adolescent smoking and drinking risk

Joanne E. Brady, Beth C. Weitzman

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Abstract

We find that estimates of the prevalence of teenage smoking and drinking in "urban," "suburban," and "rural" areas vary with different definitions of these types of geographic units. Given the salience of youth risk behavior to the public debate, we urge researchers to purposefully choose their definitions of geographic areas and to be explicit about those choices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-568
Number of pages7
JournalHealth and Place
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • Adolescent health
  • Alcohol
  • Geography
  • Smoking
  • Surveys
  • Urban health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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