Mother-adolescent communication about tobacco use in urban Puerto Rican and Dominican families

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Alida M. Bouris, Patricia Dittus, James Jaccard

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Research on parent-adolescent communication about cigarette smoking in Latino families remains relatively scarce. This dearth of information is worrisome given the high rates of tobacco use among Latino adolescents and the large burden borne by adult Latinos in smoking-related morbidity and mortality. This study presents qualitative data on parent-adolescent communication about cigarette smoking in a sample of urban Latino families. The authors conducted 12 focus groups with 40 Puerto Rican and Dominican mother-adolescent dyads (N = 80) residing in the Bronx community of New York. The findings indicate that the mothers were comfortable discussing smoking-related issues with their children. Adolescents expressed a desire to discuss tobacco-related issues with their mothers, although some feared parental punishment. The results highlight a gap in parental knowledge and efficacy regarding social influences to smoke. Results are discussed in the context of developing focused interventions aimed at reducing cigarette smoking among Latino youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-113
Number of pages28
JournalYouth and Society
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Fingerprint

nicotine
smoking
adolescent
communication
parents
dyad
morbidity
penalty
mortality
community
Group

Keywords

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Latino families
  • Parent-adolescent communication
  • Tobacco
  • Urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

Cite this

Mother-adolescent communication about tobacco use in urban Puerto Rican and Dominican families. / Guilamo-Ramos, Vincent; Bouris, Alida M.; Dittus, Patricia; Jaccard, James.

In: Youth and Society, Vol. 40, No. 1, 09.2008, p. 86-113.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{e9c301b7d1744054ac096bc77f6eff4a,
title = "Mother-adolescent communication about tobacco use in urban Puerto Rican and Dominican families",
abstract = "Research on parent-adolescent communication about cigarette smoking in Latino families remains relatively scarce. This dearth of information is worrisome given the high rates of tobacco use among Latino adolescents and the large burden borne by adult Latinos in smoking-related morbidity and mortality. This study presents qualitative data on parent-adolescent communication about cigarette smoking in a sample of urban Latino families. The authors conducted 12 focus groups with 40 Puerto Rican and Dominican mother-adolescent dyads (N = 80) residing in the Bronx community of New York. The findings indicate that the mothers were comfortable discussing smoking-related issues with their children. Adolescents expressed a desire to discuss tobacco-related issues with their mothers, although some feared parental punishment. The results highlight a gap in parental knowledge and efficacy regarding social influences to smoke. Results are discussed in the context of developing focused interventions aimed at reducing cigarette smoking among Latino youth.",
keywords = "Cigarette smoking, Latino families, Parent-adolescent communication, Tobacco, Urban",
author = "Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and Bouris, {Alida M.} and Patricia Dittus and James Jaccard",
year = "2008",
month = "9",
doi = "10.1177/0044118X07308072",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "40",
pages = "86--113",
journal = "Youth and Society",
issn = "0044-118X",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Inc.",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Mother-adolescent communication about tobacco use in urban Puerto Rican and Dominican families

AU - Guilamo-Ramos, Vincent

AU - Bouris, Alida M.

AU - Dittus, Patricia

AU - Jaccard, James

PY - 2008/9

Y1 - 2008/9

N2 - Research on parent-adolescent communication about cigarette smoking in Latino families remains relatively scarce. This dearth of information is worrisome given the high rates of tobacco use among Latino adolescents and the large burden borne by adult Latinos in smoking-related morbidity and mortality. This study presents qualitative data on parent-adolescent communication about cigarette smoking in a sample of urban Latino families. The authors conducted 12 focus groups with 40 Puerto Rican and Dominican mother-adolescent dyads (N = 80) residing in the Bronx community of New York. The findings indicate that the mothers were comfortable discussing smoking-related issues with their children. Adolescents expressed a desire to discuss tobacco-related issues with their mothers, although some feared parental punishment. The results highlight a gap in parental knowledge and efficacy regarding social influences to smoke. Results are discussed in the context of developing focused interventions aimed at reducing cigarette smoking among Latino youth.

AB - Research on parent-adolescent communication about cigarette smoking in Latino families remains relatively scarce. This dearth of information is worrisome given the high rates of tobacco use among Latino adolescents and the large burden borne by adult Latinos in smoking-related morbidity and mortality. This study presents qualitative data on parent-adolescent communication about cigarette smoking in a sample of urban Latino families. The authors conducted 12 focus groups with 40 Puerto Rican and Dominican mother-adolescent dyads (N = 80) residing in the Bronx community of New York. The findings indicate that the mothers were comfortable discussing smoking-related issues with their children. Adolescents expressed a desire to discuss tobacco-related issues with their mothers, although some feared parental punishment. The results highlight a gap in parental knowledge and efficacy regarding social influences to smoke. Results are discussed in the context of developing focused interventions aimed at reducing cigarette smoking among Latino youth.

KW - Cigarette smoking

KW - Latino families

KW - Parent-adolescent communication

KW - Tobacco

KW - Urban

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=49649123772&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=49649123772&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/0044118X07308072

DO - 10.1177/0044118X07308072

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:49649123772

VL - 40

SP - 86

EP - 113

JO - Youth and Society

JF - Youth and Society

SN - 0044-118X

IS - 1

ER -