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Title: A Comparison of the Mediational Properties of Four Adolescent Smoking Expectancy Measures
Contributor(s): Hine, DW (author); McKenzie-Richer, A (author); Lewko, J (author); Tilleczek, K (author); Perreault, L (author)
Publication Date: 2002
DOI: 10.1037//0893-164X.16.3.187
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Abstract: This prospective study compared the ability of 4 smoking expectancy measures to mediate the influence of peer, parent, and current smoking on adolescents' cigarette use 3 months later. No evidence formediation was found when expectancies were operationalized as unidimensional subjective expected utility (SEU), multidimensional SEU, or unidimensional SEU decomposed into probability and desirability main effects and their interaction. Evidence for partial mediation was found for the decomposed multidimensional SEU measure. The results suggest that (a) peer and current cigarette use may influence future smoking indirectly through adolescents' probability estimates that smoking will control negative emotions and (b) the relationship between current and future smoking also may be mediated by adolescents' beliefs about the desirability of weight control.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Psychology of Addictive Behaviours, 16(3), p. 187-195
Publisher: Educational Publishing Foundation
Place of Publication: Washington, DC
ISSN: 0893-164X
Field of Research (FOR): 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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