Illusions of parental control: Parenting and smoking onset in Dutch and Swedish adolescents
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SourceJournal of Applied Social Psychology, 35, 9, (2005), pp. 1912-1935
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SW OZ BSI OGG
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Parental control is assumed to be associated with smoking onset: Parents who exert control on their children and monitor their children's behavior are less likely to have children who start to smoke. However, the empirical evidence for this assumption is mostly from cross-sectional studies. The present research examined the prospective associations between parental control and smoking onset among Dutch and Swedish adolescents and their parents. Findings revealed nonsignificant links between general parental control and smoking onset in both samples, and no link between smoking-specific parental control and smoking onset in the Dutch sample, thereby questioning the assumption that parental control prevents adolescent smoking onset.
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