Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Social, Church Activities May Protect Against Adolescent Smoking

Date:
September 2, 2007
Source:
Center for the Advancement of Health
Summary:
Preventing youth smoking could take a village or a neighborhood. Church and school activities may help reduce smoking among youth in disadvantaged areas, according to a new survey. African-American youths reported less cigarette use overall than white youths. Across racial lines however, young people involved in extracurricular school activities or programs at church were less likely to smoke even though they were exposed to same neighborhood risks as the smokers.

Preventing youth smoking could take a village or a neighborhood. Church and school activities may help reduce smoking among youth in disadvantaged areas, according to a new survey.

Related Articles


Researchers interviewed 824 ninth-graders enrolled at four schools in Flint, Mich. All of the students had a grade point average of 3.0 or lower. They were asked about their smoking habits as well as those of family and friends. The researchers used census data to determine the socioeconomic characteristics of the students’ neighborhoods.

“Researchers are getting more interested in how social and environmental factors influence adolescent behavior,” said study co-author Marc Zimmerman, Ph.D. “Kids who are at risk for a certain behavior such as smoking do not all become smokers. So, we tried to figure out why some overcome these risks while others don’t.”

African-American youths reported less cigarette use overall than white youths. Across racial lines however, young people involved in extracurricular school activities or programs at church were less likely to smoke even though they were exposed to same neighborhood risks as the smokers.

“Traditionally, interventions have focused on risk reduction,” said Zimmerman, a professor with the University of Michigan School of Public Health “These results tell us that instead of focusing on risk, we should be looking more toward creating opportunities for kids to take part in school and church activities to help them overcome the risks. Perhaps if we try enhancing strengths instead of fixing problems, we could have a positive effect on kid’s lives.”

The study looks at very disadvantaged African-American communities where there has not been enough investment in programs that can be protective, according to Frances Stillman, Ed. D., co-director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control and associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“The idea that communities can be protective is worth pursuing,” said Stillman, who was not involved with this study. “Communities can be part of the solution instead of being seen as part of the problem — this is a concept that needs more research and communities need more investment in programs and policies to protect youths.”

The study appears online and in the October issue of The American Journal of Public Health.

Reference: Xue Y, Zimmerman MA, Caldwell CH. “Neighborhood residence and cigarette smoking among urban youths: the protective role of prosocial activities.” Am J Public Health 97(10), 2007.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Center for the Advancement of Health. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Center for the Advancement of Health. "Social, Church Activities May Protect Against Adolescent Smoking." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 September 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070831142935.htm>.
Center for the Advancement of Health. (2007, September 2). Social, Church Activities May Protect Against Adolescent Smoking. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070831142935.htm
Center for the Advancement of Health. "Social, Church Activities May Protect Against Adolescent Smoking." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070831142935.htm (accessed December 17, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Mind & Brain News

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Yoga Could Be As Beneficial For The Heart As Walking, Biking

Yoga Could Be As Beneficial For The Heart As Walking, Biking

Newsy (Dec. 17, 2014) Yoga can help your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and heart just as much as biking and walking does, a new study suggests. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
1st Responders Trained for Autism Sensitivity

1st Responders Trained for Autism Sensitivity

AP (Dec. 16, 2014) More departments are ordering their first responders to sit in on training sessions that focus on how to more effectively interact with those with autism spectrum disorder (Dec. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Guys Are Idiots, According To Sarcastic Study

Guys Are Idiots, According To Sarcastic Study

Newsy (Dec. 12, 2014) A study out of Britain suggest men are more idiotic than women based on the rate of accidental deaths and other factors. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Believing in Father Christmas Good for Children's Imaginations

Believing in Father Christmas Good for Children's Imaginations

AFP (Dec. 12, 2014) As the countdown to Christmas gets underway, so too does the Father Christmas conspiracy. But psychologists say that telling our children about Santa, flying reindeer and elves is good for their imaginations. Duration: 01:57 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins