Identifying trajectories of adolescent smoking: An application of latent growth mixture modeling

Colder, Craig R., Mehta, Paras, Balanda, Kevin, Campbell, Richard T., Mayhew, Kathryn P., Stanton, Warren R., Pentz, Mary A. and Flay, Brian R. (2001) Identifying trajectories of adolescent smoking: An application of latent growth mixture modeling. Health Psychology, 20 2: 127-135. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.20.2.127


Author Colder, Craig R.
Mehta, Paras
Balanda, Kevin
Campbell, Richard T.
Mayhew, Kathryn P.
Stanton, Warren R.
Pentz, Mary A.
Flay, Brian R.
Title Identifying trajectories of adolescent smoking: An application of latent growth mixture modeling
Journal name Health Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0278-6133
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/0278-6133.20.2.127
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 127
End page 135
Total pages 9
Place of publication Washington DC
Publisher American Psychological Associstion
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
321216 Health Promotion
730219 Behaviour and health
1503 Business and Management
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Sciences
Abstract The goal of the current study was to identify discrete longitudinal patterns of change in adolescent smoking using latent growth mixture modeling. Five distinct longitudinal patterns were identified. A group of early rapid escalators was characterized by early escalation (at age 13) that rapidly increased to heavy smoking. A pattern characterized by occasional puffing up until age 15, at which time smoking escalated to moderate levels was also identified (late moderate escalators). Another group included adolescents who, after age 15, began to escalate slowly in their smoking to light (0.5 cigarettes per month) levels (late slow escalators). Finally, a group of stable light smokers (those who smoked 1-2 cigarettes per month) and a group of stable puffers (those. who smoked only a few puffs per month) were also identified. The stable puffer group was the largest group and represented 25% of smokers.
Keyword Psychology
Psychology, Clinical
Adolescent
Smoking
Trajectories
Longitudinal
6-year Follow-up
Cigarette-smoking
Natural-history
Drug-use
Program
Population
Initiation
Adulthood
Cessation
Students
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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