Anti-smoking socialization: relationship to parent and child smoking status.

Abstract

Anti-smoking socialization is defined as the transmission of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that prepare children to resist smoking. Three types of anti-smoking socialization are studied: parents' communication with children regarding no-smoking rules at home, health risks associated with smoking, and the disciplinary consequences of smoking. Results from a survey of children in 3rd through 8th grades (N = 937) indicate that (a) children from households where one or both parents smoke perceive less anti-smoking socialization than their peers from nonsmoking households; (b) anti-smoking socialization is positively associated with authoritative parenting; (c) children have significantly lower rates of smoking intention and initiation when parents engage in anti-smoking socialization, even if parents currently smoke. The findings offer an encouraging message to all parents Communicating anti-smoking messages may effectively discourage children from smoking.

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@article{Henriksen1998AntismokingSR, title={Anti-smoking socialization: relationship to parent and child smoking status.}, author={Lisa Henriksen and Christine S Jackson}, journal={Health communication}, year={1998}, volume={10 1}, pages={87-101} }