Parental rules and communication: their association with adolescent smoking
Article first published online: 1 APR 2005
Volume 100, Issue 6, pages 862–870, June 2005
How to Cite
Harakeh, Z., Scholte, R. H. J., De Vries, H. and Engels, R. C. M. E. (2005), Parental rules and communication: their association with adolescent smoking. Addiction, 100: 862–870. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2005.01067.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 1 APR 2005
- Submitted 30 March 2004; initial review completed 23 June 2004; final version accepted 17 January 2005
- Adolescent smoking;
- antismoking socialization;
- parental factors;
Aims To examine the association between parental rules and communication (also referred to as antismoking socialization) and adolescents’ smoking.
Design and participants A cross-sectional study including 428 Dutch two-parent families with at least two adolescent children (aged 13–17 years).
Measurements Parents’ and adolescents’ reports on an agreement regarding smoking by adolescents, smoking house rules, parental confidence in preventing their child from smoking, frequency and quality of communication about smoking, and parent's reactions to smoking experimentation.
Findings Compared with fathers and adolescents, mothers reported being more involved in antismoking socialization. There were robust differences in antismoking socialization efforts between smoking and non-smoking parents. Perceived parental influence and frequency and quality of communication about smoking were associated with adolescents’ smoking. The association between antismoking socialization practices and adolescents’ smoking was not moderated by birth order, parents’ smoking or gender of the adolescent.
Conclusions Encouraging parents, whether or not they themselves smoke, to discuss smoking-related issues with their children in a constructive and respectful manner is worth exploring as an intervention strategy to prevent young people taking up smoking.