Acculturation status has a modest effect on smoking prevalence among a cohort of Pacific fathers in New Zealand

Tautolo, El Shadan, Schluter, Philip J., Paterson, Janis and McRobbie, Hayden (2011) Acculturation status has a modest effect on smoking prevalence among a cohort of Pacific fathers in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35 6: 509-516. doi:10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00774.x

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Author Tautolo, El Shadan
Schluter, Philip J.
Paterson, Janis
McRobbie, Hayden
Title Acculturation status has a modest effect on smoking prevalence among a cohort of Pacific fathers in New Zealand
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
Publication date 2011-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00774.x
Volume 35
Issue 6
Start page 509
End page 516
Total pages 8
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract Objective:
This article explores the relationship between smoking prevalence and acculturation among a cohort of Pacific Island fathers resident in New Zealand.

Overall, 766 Pacific fathers were included in the analysis. Self-reported smoking status was assessed and compared with data from a robust epidemiological measure of acculturation status specifically designed for use amongst the Pacific population. Additional variables describing socio-demographic and other circumstances of the participating fathers were also incorporated in the analysis because of their known association with smoking behaviour.

Overall, 40.3% of Pacific fathers were current smokers. Multivariable logistic regression showed that acculturation status was associated with smoking crude (p<0.001) and multivariable logistic regression models, when adjusting to socio-demographic variables (p=0.008).

Smoking rates for Pacific fathers in New Zealand are high. There appears to be a modest effect of acculturation on smoking prevalence, where those fathers with higher Pacific cultural identity have the lowest smoking rates. It is opined that the strength of identification and a holistic view of health enhances the motivations of Pacific fathers to be smoke-free in New Zealand.


Strategies which maintain, enhance, and incorporate fathers’ Pacific cultural identity may be a useful addition to comprehensive tobacco control strategies to reduce the prevalence of smoking in Pacific people living in New Zealand.
Keyword Pacific
New Zealand
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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