Parents are good gatekeepers to prevent adolescents from smoking. This study aims to assess parental prevention strategy and the relationship between parental practices and child's smoking knowledge, attitude and behavior. By using random sampling, 36 classes of six high schools in Yilan County were chosen. Students in these classes and their parents finished one self-administered questionnaire separately. Totally, 1175 pairs of parent-child provided valid information. Multiple regression and logistic regression statistics were used as main analysis method. The results showed that adolescent's knowledge of tobacco hazard was above 70% and they had positive anti-smoking attitudes. The lifetime smoking prevalence rate of the adolescent subjects was 19.0%. Parents did the preventing strategy occasionally. Parents did better in controlling child's pocket money, listening and rearing children but did poor in sharing parenting experience with others. Parental prevention strategy was associated with child's smoking-related attitudes and behavior. With better parental practice, adolescents' anti-smoking attitudes were more positive and were less likely to be smokers. However, parental prevention strategy was not related to adolescent's knowledge of tobacco hazard. The findings suggest that parental education is needed to improve parents' prevention practice in order to reduce adolescents' smoking rate.
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2004|
- Parental prevention strategy
- knowledge of tobacco hazard
- anti-smoking attitudes
- smoking behavior