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Test of a Smoking Prevention Program for Smoking Parents of Primary School Children

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Titel Test of a Smoking Prevention Program for Smoking Parents of Primary School Children
Looptijd 10 / 2008 - 10 / 2012
Status Lopend
Dissertatie Ja
Onderzoeknummer OND1334351
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The goal of the proposed project is to test an intervention program focusing on anti-smoking socialization skills for smoking parents of primary school children. Our project has two hypotheses: (1) The program leads to significant increases in anti-smoking socialization. We expect that parents involved in the program (as compared to controls) will be more involved in constructive communication on smoking topics, have more confidence in discussing smoking matters and greater efficacy to prevent their children from smoking, set and keep stricter household rules against smoking, reduce children s access to tobacco products and their exposure to second hand smoke, establish a non-smoking contract with their children, and are more likely to monitor children s and peers smoking-related activities. (2) The program leads to lower odds of experimentation with smoking in children. We expect that children of smoking parents involved in this program will be less likely to engage in smoking. Based on the findings of the research conducted in the U.S., we expect that relative to controls, children in the intervention condition will be 2.5 times less likely to experiment with smoking three years post-baseline.
The aim of the proposed project is to test a highly innovative and successful program in the U.S. for smoking parents of primary school children (Jackson & Dickinson, 2003) in a sample of Dutch parents. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) will be conducted among smoking parents of 9-10 year-olds, and short- and long-term assessments on child smoking and anti-smoking socialization will be conducted. We will test two hypotheses. First, we expect that smoking parents involved in the program (as compared to controls) will be more involved in constructive communication on smoking topics, have more confidence in discussing smoking matters and greater efficacy to prevent their children from smoking, set and keep stricter household rules against smoking, establish a non-smoking contract with their children, and are more likely to monitor children s and peers smoking-related activities. Second, we expect that children of smoking parents involved in this program will be less likely to engage in smoking. Based on the findings of a successful RCT carried out in the US, we expect that relative to controls, children in the intervention condition will be less likely to experiment with smoking at follow-up measurements.

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Projectleider Prof.dr. R.C.M.E. Engels
Promovendus J.M. Hiemstra (MSc)

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