Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: Adult Household Smoking Is Associated with Increased Child Emotional and Behavioral Problems

By Poole-Di Salvo, E.; Liu. Y. -H. et al. | Journal of Family Studies, August 2010 | Go to article overview

Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: Adult Household Smoking Is Associated with Increased Child Emotional and Behavioral Problems


Poole-Di Salvo, E., Liu. Y. -H., Brenner, S., Weitzman, M., Journal of Family Studies


Context: Although maternal smoking has been associated with child emotional and behavioural problems, to our knowledge, no study has evaluated the association between overall household smoking and such problems. Objectives: To investigate whether children who live with smokers are more likely than children who do not live with smokers to have emotional or behavioural problems and to explore this association in households with nonsmoking mothers. Design, Setting, and Participants: Nationally representative data from the 2000 to 2004 medical expenditure panel surveys, involving 30,668 children aged 5 to 17 years, were used. Associations between child emotional or behavioural problems and household smoking, and child, maternal, and family characteristics were examined. SUDAAN software was used to adjust for complex sampling design. Main Outcome Measures: Overall score on the Columbia Impairment Scale, a 13-item parent-report measure of child emotional or behavioural functioning (range, 0-52, >16 indicates a child with such problems). Results: Children in smoking versus nonsmoking households were significantly more likely to have behavioural problems (17. …

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