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Effects of Parental Behavior on Tobacco Use by Young Male Adolescents

Janet N. Melby, Rand D. Conger, Katherine J. Conger and Frederick O. Lorenz
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 55, No. 2 (May, 1993), pp. 439-454
DOI: 10.2307/352814
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352814
Page Count: 16
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Effects of Parental Behavior on Tobacco Use by Young Male Adolescents
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Abstract

This study evaluates a social-developmental model of early adolescent tobacco involvement with a sample of 204 seventh grade boys. Using data from the young adolescents, their parents, and siblings, we examine the influence of parental childrearing strategies (harsh/inconsistent and nurturant/involved) and reported parent, sibling, and peer tobacco use on tobacco involvement by early adolescents. Results from correlational analyses and structural equation modeling support three of the four proposed models. Even after controlling for the effects of parental and sibling tobacco use, positive relationships were found between harsh/inconsistent parenting and adolescent tobacco use, and negative relationships between nurturant/involved parenting behaviors and adolescent tobacco use. Of particular interest, parenting behaviors had both direct and indirect effects on adolescent tobacco use through the adolescents' associations with tobacco-using peers.

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