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Grant Number: 5R01CA077581-02 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Peterson, Arthur
Organization: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Project Title: Parent Protective Factors for Youth Smoking
Fiscal Year: 2000


Motivated by the alarming increases in youth smoking prevalence since 1990, and the failure, to date, of school-based interventions to effect long-term reductions in smoking, this project will investigate the extent to which parent factors, both before and during the child/adolescent smoking acquisition period, can predict the smoking status of the child as he/she exits high school. The study design capitalizes on existing data from a well- maintained, population-based cohort of 4,196 children (now ages 18-21 years), and their parents, from the 20 school districts in the control (no intervention) arm of a long-term randomized trial in school-based smoking prevention. These children constituted the entire third grade enrollment of their school districts in two consecutive school years, making it a population-based cohort. The data available for this project are unique because: (1) the student cohort data spans ages 8-18 (including school dropouts) - virtually the entire period of smoking acquisition, (2) relevant longitudinal data are also available on the students' parents, schools, and communities, (3) the population- based nature of the cohort will yield generalizable results, and (4) findings will be available quickly. Using the rich resources of a large cohort of children will provide a fast, efficient, and low cost method for conducting important research that will yield information about parent characteristics that predict children's smoking. This information will be disseminated immediately to relevant audiences to aid development of future research initiatives and, possibly, development and testing of family-focused smoking interventions, and thus contribute to the smoking and cancer mortality reduction goals of the National Cancer Program.


The role of schoolmates' smoking and non-smoking in adolescents' smoking transitions: a longitudinal study.
Authors: Bricker J.B. , Andersen M.R. , Rajan K.B. , Sarason I.G. , Peterson A.V. .
Source: Addiction (Abingdon, England), 2007 Oct; 102(10), p. 1665-75.
PMID: 17854343
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Parents' and older siblings' smoking during childhood: changing influences on smoking acquisition and escalation over the course of adolescence.
Authors: Bricker J.B. , Peterson A.V. , Andersen M.R. , Sarason I.G. , Rajan K.B. , Leroux B.G. .
Source: Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2007 Sep; 9(9), p. 915-26.
PMID: 17763107
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Changes in the influence of parents' and close friends' smoking on adolescent smoking transitions.
Authors: Bricker J.B. , Peterson A.V. , Sarason I.G. , Andersen M.R. , Rajan K.B. .
Source: Addictive behaviors, 2007 Apr; 32(4), p. 740-57.
EPub date: 2006-07-18.
PMID: 16854532
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Childhood friends who smoke: do they influence adolescents to make smoking transitions?
Authors: Bricker J.B. , Peterson A.V. , Andersen M.R. , Rajan K.B. , Leroux B.G. , Sarason I.G. .
Source: Addictive behaviors, 2006 May; 31(5), p. 889-900.
EPub date: 2005-08-15.
PMID: 16099595
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Nine-year prediction of adolescent smoking by number of smoking parents.
Authors: Peterson A.V. , Leroux B.G. , Bricker J. , Kealey K.A. , Marek P.M. , Sarason I.G. , Andersen M.R. .
Source: Addictive behaviors, 2006 May; 31(5), p. 788-801.
EPub date: 2005-06-29.
PMID: 15993005
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Prospective prediction of children's smoking transitions: role of parents' and older siblings' smoking.
Authors: Bricker J.B. , Peterson A.V. , Leroux B.G. , Andersen M.R. , Rajan K.B. , Sarason I.G. .
Source: Addiction (Abingdon, England), 2006 Jan; 101(1), p. 128-36.
PMID: 16393199
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Parental smoking cessation and children's smoking: mediation by antismoking actions.
Authors: Bricker J.B. , Leroux B.G. , Robyn Andersen M. , Rajan K.B. , Peterson A.V. .
Source: Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2005 Aug; 7(4), p. 501-9.
PMID: 16085521
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Does parental smoking cessation encourage their young adult children to quit smoking? A prospective study.
Authors: Bricker J.B. , Rajan K.B. , Andersen M.R. , Peterson A.V. .
Source: Addiction (Abingdon, England), 2005 Mar; 100(3), p. 379-86.
PMID: 15733251
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Nine-year prospective relationship between parental smoking cessation and children's daily smoking.
Authors: Bricker J.B. , Leroux B.G. , Peterson A.V. , Kealey K.A. , Sarason I.G. , Andersen M.R. , Marek P.M. .
Source: Addiction (Abingdon, England), 2003 May; 98(5), p. 585-93.
PMID: 12751972
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Mothers' attitudes and concerns about their children smoking: do they influence kids?
Authors: Andersen M.R. , Leroux B.G. , Marek P.M. , Peterson A.V. , Kealey K.A. , Bricker J. , Sarason I.G. .
Source: Preventive medicine, 2002 Feb; 34(2), p. 198-206.
PMID: 11817915
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