Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/28788
Title: Smoking among young children in Hong Kong : influence of parental smoking
Authors: Loke, AY 
Wong, YPI
Keywords: Children
Peer smoking
Smoking cessation programmes
Smoking parents
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Journal of advanced nursing, 2010, v. 66, no. 12, p. 2659-2670 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of advanced nursing 
Abstract: Aims. This paper is a report of a study comparing children with smoking parents and those with non-smoking parents, in terms of knowledge and attitude towards smoking and the influence of parents and peers on smoking initiation. Background. Adolescence is a developmental stage when smoking habits are likely to start. Adolescents are most influenced by the smoking habits of their parents and friends. Method. A cross-section study was conducted with students aged 13-15years in two schools in 2008, using a questionnaire that collected information on the smoking habits of their parents and peers, knowledge and attitude towards smoking, initiation and inclination towards smoking. Chi-square tests and binary logistic regression were used to analyse the data. Results. A total of 257 of 575 (44·7%) students had smoking parent(s), and 25·4% reported having peers who smoked. Children with non-smoking parents were more likely than those with smoking parents to consider 'smoking as disgusting' (67·3% vs. 45·9%), and to know that 'smoking is addictive' (80·5% vs. 70·4%) and 'harmful to health' (81·8% vs. 67·7%). More of those with smoking parents had tried smoking than those with non-smoking parents (13·2% vs. 3·8%). Conclusion. Preventive programmes should involve smoking parents to increase their awareness of the impact their smoking has on their children. Interventions should include problem-solving skills for children to deal with daily stresses and thus eradicate the potential risk of smoking initiation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/28788
ISSN: 0309-2402
EISSN: 1365-2648
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05419.x
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