Cigarette smoking is of interest to the National Institute on Drug Abuse both
the public health problems associated with this form of substance abuse and because
behavior represents a prototypic dependence process.
In the past few years the
government has made every effort to reach the masses, in an attempt to curb the
exploitation of tobbacco use, and its acceptance among Americas Youngsters.
cigarette smoking among adolescents is on the rise.
The premise that the behavior of adolescents is influenced by the behavior of their
parents is central to many considerations of health and social behavior (Ausubel,
Montemayor, & Svajiian, 1977; Bandura & Walters, 1963).
Many young people between
10-18 years of age
experiment with smoking, smoking is a personal choice, and
exploratory in nature.
Typically, it takes place in rather young people and is
dependent on: first, the availability of opportunity to engage in the behavior,
having a fairly high degree of curiosity about the effects of the behavior; third,
it a way of expressing either conformity to the behavior or others (such as
siblings or peers), forth, as in "Miller and Dollar's" explanation of Observational
Learning, The Copying behavior effect.
This research is to examine the effects of parental smoking (behavior), has, on the
decision of teens to smoke cigarettes.
Due to prior studies using global measures
may or may not include South Eastern North Carolina.
The Fayetteville/Fort Bragg
was chosen for this study to pinpoint
the effects in this particular locale.
Pope Air Force Base have a very diverse socieo-economic and culturally diverse
population, which will have a positive effect on randomness of sample selection.
this association in mind, this researcher is interested in knowing if there is a
of Parental influence on Teen Smoking within this Military Community.
The prevalence of cigarette smoking among young teenagers is a growing
problem in the United States, many young people between the ages of 10-18 are
experimenting with tobacco.
During the 1040's and 50's smoking was popular and
Movie stars, sports heroes, and celebrities appeared in
advertisements that promoted and heavily influenced teens.
Influence also came
Television and other media sources.
The desires to be accepted and to feel grown
among the most common reasons to start smoking.
Yet, even though teenagers