Viewing tobacco use in movies: does it shape attitudes that mediate adolescent smoking?

  title={Viewing tobacco use in movies: does it shape attitudes that mediate adolescent smoking?},
  author={James Sargent and Madeline A. Dalton and Michael L. Beach and Leila A. Mott and Jennifer J. Tickle and Misha B Ahrens and Todd F. Heatherton},
  journal={American journal of preventive medicine},
  volume={22 3},
BACKGROUND Social cognitive theory posits that children develop intentions and positive expectations (utilities) about smoking prior to initiation. These attitudes and values result, in part, from observing others modeling the behavior. This study examines, for the first time, the association between viewing tobacco use in movies and attitudes toward smoking among children who have never smoked a cigarette. DESIGN/SETTING Cross-sectional school-based survey was used among randomly selected… CONTINUE READING

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