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Social Bonding Theory and Adolescent Cigarette Smoking: A Longitudinal Analysis
Marvin D. Krohn, James L. Massey, William F. Skinner and Ronald M. Lauer
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 24, No. 4 (Dec., 1983), pp. 337-349
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2136400
Page Count: 13
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The viability of a social bonding explanation of adolescent cigarette smoking is examined within a longitudinal design. The research is based on a two-wave panel study of 1405 students in grades 7 through 12. The results generally support the hypothesis that adolescents' ties to aspects of conventional society are important in constraining deviant behavior. Specifically, beliefs and commitment to education were found to have the strongest constraining effect. However, other variables originally identified in the perspective were not negatively related to cigarette smoking. The significance of the results for our understanding of both adolescent cigarette smoking and social bonding theory is discussed.
Journal of Health and Social Behavior © 1983 American Sociological Association