Activity Involvement, Risk Taking, Demographic Variables, and Other Drug Use: Prediction of Smokeless Tobacco Onset

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Community and Global Health (CGU)

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Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Substance Abuse and Addiction


Four activity participation variables (clubs, sports, church, and parties); two indices of "risk-taking" (preference for risk-taking, getting into trouble at school); three demographic variables (sex, ethnic group, socioeconomic status); and two drug use variables (trial of cigarettes and alcohol) were examined as correlates and prospective predictors of trial of smokeless tobacco in two cohorts of seventh graders in urban Los Angeles.The data were analyzed separately for males and females. Cross-sectional logistic regression analyses indicated that correlates of trying smokeless tobacco among the seventh-grade cohorts or among these same cohorts in the eighth grade (considering those persons who had not tried smokeless tobacco in seventh grade) generally included being white, trying cigarettes, risk-taking, and attending parties.

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© 1989 National Cancer Institute