Magazine article Work & Family Life

Kids Do Listen to Mom and Dad about Smoking

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Kids Do Listen to Mom and Dad about Smoking

Article excerpt

When it comes to smoking cigarettes, adolescents take cues from their parents more than their peers, according to a 20-month study of 760 students in grades 4 to 11 conducted by Dartmouth Medical School researcher Madeline Dalton and pediatrician James Sargent and reported in the journal Pediatrics. Here are some of their findings:

* Young people who thought their parents would be very upset and insist that they stop smoking were 40% less likely to become smokers during the study than those who said their parents who were less adamant in their opposition.

* Kids who said their parents became "less disapproving" over the course of the study were more than twice as likely to become smokers as their classmates whose parents remained "strongly opposed."

* Parents can lessen peer influence. Kids whose friends smoked, but whose parents disapproved of the habit, were twice as likely to start smoking as kids whose friends were not smokers, but kids whose friends smoked, and whose parents did not disapprove, were nine times more likely to start smoking. …

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