Protective factors related to smoking among Brazilian youth

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Author list: Koller S
Publisher: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota
Publication year: 2008
Volume number: 7
Issue number: 1
Start page: 139
End page: 147
Number of pages: 9
ISSN: 1657-9267
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


The aim of this study is to explore the relation of positive family
climate, well-being at school and religiosity/spirituality between
Brazilian youth groups of smokers and non-smokers. A non-random sample
of 1.232 participants (631 males and 601 females) completed the
questionnaire of this study. Ages ranged from 14 to 18 years
(mean=15.68; SD=1.26). Smokers had significantly less positive family
climate and well-being in school than the non-smoking youth. Regression
analysis showed that all psychological characteristics act as protective
factors fot the smoking behavior among girls. On the other side, high
well-being in school and attending school during the day can work as
protective factors for boys. These findings can be important in the
elaboration of public politics to reduce tobacco consumption.


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