Teens and Ciggerette Smoking

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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...