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Correlates of Ever Having Used Electronic Cigarettes Among Older Adolescent Children of Alcoholic Fathers

NCJ Number
249428
Author(s)
Jared Lessard, James Henrie, Jennifer A. Livingston, Kenneth E. Leonard, Craig R. Colder, Rina D. Elden
Date Published
December 2014
Length
5 pages
Annotation
Since few studies have examined predictors of ever having used electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) among older adolescents, this study examined correlates of ever having used e-cigarettes among adolescent children of alcoholic fathers.
Abstract
The study determined that more than one-third (36.9 percent) of the participants reported ever using e-cigarettes. Parental monitoring during middle adolescence (MA) (odds ratio [OR] = 0.85, p < .05), lifetime use of cigarettes (OR = 3.88, p < .01), alcohol use (OR = 7.72, p < .05), marijuana use (OR = 4.07, p < .01), and peer substance use (OR = 1.34, p < .05) during late adolescence (LA) were each uniquely associated with ever having used e-cigarettes. Ever having used e-cigarettes also was associated with more frequent current cigarette use (â = .38, p < .05), alcohol use (â = .30, p < .01), and marijuana use (â = .31, p < .05). These results suggest that ever having used e-cigarettes in LA is a risk marker for substance use. Interventions to promote parental monitoring may be effective in curbing use of e-cigarettes and other substances in LA. Participants were 136 adolescents (50.7 percent male, 89.4 percent European American) from an ongoing longitudinal case-control study of children of alcoholic fathers. Adolescents reported on their mother’s and father’s parenting during middle adolescence (MA; M age = 13.8) and completed measures of their own, as well as their peers’, substance use during late adolescence (LA; M age = 17.0). Parents completed measures of their own substance use at the MA assessment. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: December 1, 2014