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Starting young? children’s experiences of trying smoking during pre-adolescence

Milton, Beth, Woods, SE, Dugdill, L, Porcellato, L and Springett, RJ 2008, 'Starting young? children’s experiences of trying smoking during pre-adolescence' , Health Education Research, 23 (2) , pp. 298-309.

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    Although the risks smoking poses to health are now well known, many young people continue to take up the habit. While numerous crosssectional studies of adolescents have identified correlates of smoking initiation, much less prospective, longitudinal research has been conducted with young children to gather their accounts of early experiences of smoking, and this study fills that significant gap. Quantitative and qualitative data, collected using questionnaires, interviews and focus groups, are presented from the pre-adolescent phase of the Liverpool Longitudinal Study of Smoking. By age 11, 27% of the cohort had tried smoking, 13% had smoked repeatedly and 3% were smoking regularly. Rates of experimentation increased over time. Qualitative data revealed that curiosity and the role of peers were central to children’s accounts of early smoking. By preadolescence, children are at different stages in their smoking careers, therefore interventionsmust be targeted to their varied experiences. Current prevention strategies often focus on restricting access to cigarettes, but a broad range of intervention measures is required which take account of the multifactorial nature of smoking onset. To be effective, policies that aim to prevent smoking must be grounded in children’s lived experiences.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home > HQ0767 Children. Child development
    Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Health Education Research
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0268-1153
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2010 11:12
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2014 11:31

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