Community and Global Health (CGU)
Health Psychology | Substance Abuse and Addiction
This study investigated which variables distinguish high school-aged adolescents who identify themselves as members of a high-risk group and, among them, those who report regular (weekly) vs. light levels of cigarette smoking. Youth who identified with a high-risk group were most likely to report problem-prone characteristics, such as a preference to take risks and smoke cigarettes. Yet, only half of them reported regular levels of smoking. Two variables delineated light smoking among these youth: not having a close friend who smoked and placing an importance on health as a value. Development of new tobacco-use prevention strategies to impart health values is suggested.
© 1993 Health Values
Sussman, S., Dent, C.W., Simon, T.S., Stacy, A.W., Burton, D., & Flay, B.R. Identification of which high risk youth smoke cigarettes regularly. Health Val 17(1): 42-53, 1993.