Cigarette smoking is of interest to the National Institute on Drug Abuse both because of
the public health problems associated with this form of substance abuse and because this
behavior represents a prototypic dependence process. In the past few years the
government has made every effort to reach the masses, in an attempt to curb the
exploitation of tobbacco use, and its acceptance among Americas Youngsters. However,
cigarette smoking among adolescents is on the rise.
The premise that the behavior of adolescents is influenced by the behavior of their
parents is central to many considerations of health and social behavior (Ausubel,
Montemayor, & Svajiian, 1977; Bandura & Walters, 1963). Many young people between
10-18 years of age experiment with smoking, smoking is a personal choice, and usually
exploratory in nature. Typically, it takes place in rather young people and is largely
dependent on: first, the availability of opportunity to engage in the behavior, second,
having a fairly high degree of curiosity about the effects of the behavior; third, in finding
it a way of expressing either conformity to the behavior or others (such as parents, older
siblings or peers), forth, as in 'Miller and Dollar's' explanation of Observational
Learning, The Copying behavior effect.
This research is to examine the effects of parental smoking (behavior), has, on the
decision of teens to smoke cigarettes. Due to prior studies using global measures that
may or may not include South Eastern North Carolina. The Fayetteville/Fort Bragg area
was chosen for this study to pinpoint the effects in this particular locale. Fort Bragg and
Pope Air Force Base have a very diverse socieo-economic and culturally diverse
population, which will have a positive effect on randomness of sample selection. With
this association in mind, this researcher is interested in knowing if there is a...