Romantic attraction and adolescent smoking trajectories

Citation

Pollard, Michael S.; Tucker, Joan S.; Green, Harold D.; P. Kennedy, David; & Go, Myong-Hyun (2011). Romantic attraction and adolescent smoking trajectories. Addictive Behaviors. vol. 36 (12) pp. 1275-1281

Abstract

Research on sexual orientation and substance use has established that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals are more likely to smoke than heterosexuals. This analysis furthers the examination of smoking behaviors across sexual orientation groups by describing how same- and opposite-sex romantic attraction, and changes in romantic attraction, are associated with distinct six-year developmental trajectories of smoking. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health dataset is used to test our hypotheses. Multinomial logistic regressions predicting smoking trajectory membership as a function of romantic attraction were separately estimated for men and women. Romantic attraction effects were found only for women. The change from self-reported heterosexual attraction to lesbian or bisexual attraction was more predictive of higher smoking trajectories than was a consistent lesbian or bisexual attraction, with potentially important differences between the smoking patterns of these two groups.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.07.045

Keyword(s)

Romantic

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Addictive Behaviors

Author(s)

Pollard, Michael S.
Tucker, Joan S.
Green, Harold D.
P. Kennedy, David
Go, Myong-Hyun

Year Published

2011

Volume Number

36

Issue Number

12

Pages

1275-1281

DOI

10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.07.045

Reference ID

1438