Hostility, Depressive Symptoms, and Smoking in Early Adolescence

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Community and Global Health (CGU)

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Health Psychology | Mental and Social Health | Personality and Social Contexts | Substance Abuse and Addiction


Using logistic and multiple regression, we examined the association between hostility, level of depressive symptoms, and smoking in a sample of 1699 ethnically diverse students in California. Self-reports were collected twice from each student, at the beginning of the 6th and 7th grade years. Among 6th graders who had not smoked, depressive symptoms and hostility were associated with smoking initiation by the 7th grade. Among those students who had already tried smoking, increases in depressive symptoms and hostility were associated with more frequent smoking. The association between hostility and smoking was stronger for students reporting higher levels of depressive symptoms.

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© 2004 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd.