Development and feasibility of a parental support intervention for adolescent smokers

Steven C. Ames, Emily Rock, Richard D. Hurt, Christi A. Patten, Ivana T. Croghan, Sarah M. Stoner, Paul A. Decker, Kenneth P. Offord, Melissa Nelson

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The aim of this investigation was to develop and evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a parental support intervention. A new measure of perceived parental support for stopping smoking was also developed. The sample included 59 adolescent-parent pairs recruited from a mid-sized Midwestern town during 2000-2003. The mean ± SD age of the participants (32 males, 27 females) was 16.3 ± 0.9 (range 14-18) years and 86% were Caucasian, 7% American Indian, 5% African American, and 2% Hispanic. Participants were randomized to parental support or minimum behavioral intervention. Severity of nicotine dependence was evaluated using the Fagerström Tolerance Questionnaire, and perceived social support was evaluated using the Family Environment Scale and the new measure of perceived parent support for stopping smoking that was developed as part of this investigation. Treatment attendance, adherence, and acceptability were also evaluated. The parental support intervention was feasible but not superior to the minimum behavioral intervention with respect to attendance, retention, or change in support. This study expands on the knowledge of treating adolescent smokers and presents a new assessment measure. The study's limitations are noted. This investigation was funded by NICHHD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-511
Number of pages15
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Feb 2008


  • Adolescent
  • Change agent
  • Family intervention
  • Parent support
  • Smoking cessation
  • Social support
  • Support networks
  • Tobacco cessation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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