TITLE

Cultural Identification and Tobacco Use Among African American Middle School Students

AUTHOR(S)
Braithwaite, Ronald L.; Griffin, Jr, James P.; Bhalakia, Amee; Braithwaite, Malika; Jacob Arriola, Kimberly
PUB. DATE
March 1999
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;1999, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p82
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract: This study assessed the relationship between cultural identification and tobacco use across a sample of 76 African American (AA) middle school students. The purpose of the study was to assess the degree to which the students' identification with a cultural way of life predicted their use of tobacco products. Using Orthogonal Cultural Identification Theory, investigators hypothesized a negative relationship between cultural identification (CI) and self-reported measures of tobacco use. In other words, the investigators predicted that the more the students identified with their culture, the less likely they would be to use tobacco products. Hierarchical regression provided limited support for CI as a predictor of smoking. The investigators concluded that cross-CI with a white way of life should be investigated further as a risk factor for tobacco. If this relationship can be supported with further investigation, AA middle school students who identify with another culture may be at greater risk for involvement with tobacco. [Am J Health Studies 1999; 15(2): 82-90)
ACCESSION #
2202527

 

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