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Association of various components of media literacy and adolescent smoking

Primack, BA and Hobbs, R (2009) Association of various components of media literacy and adolescent smoking. American Journal of Health Behavior, 33 (2). 192 - 201. ISSN 1087-3244

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Objective: To determine which specific aspects of media literacy were most strongly associated with smoking outcomes. Methods: Students at a public high school responded to cross-sectional survey items measuring smoking outcomes, components of media literacy, and other variables. Results: Of the 1211 participants, 19% were current smokers (N = 216) and 40% of the nonsmokers (N = 342) were susceptible to smoking. In the adjusted models, current smoking was most strongly related to representation-reality domain items, but susceptibility to smoking was associated with each of the media literacy domains. Conclusion: Varied relationships exist between individual facets of media literacy and smoking outcomes.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Primack, BAbprimack@pitt.eduBPRIMACK
Hobbs, R
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health
Date: 1 January 2009
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Health Behavior
Volume: 33
Number: 2
Page Range: 192 - 201
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5993/ajhb.33.2.8
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Medicine
School of Medicine > Pediatrics
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1087-3244
MeSH Headings: Adolescent; Adolescent Behavior; Comprehension; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Health Education--methods; Health Promotion; Humans; Male; Mass Media; Questionnaires; Smoking--psychology
Other ID: NLM NIHMS256318, NLM PMC3001227
PubMed Central ID: PMC3001227
PubMed ID: 18844513
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 17:49
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 15:56


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