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Smoking Determinants in Turkish University Students
AbstractThe aim was to explore the prevalence and the correlates of smoking in a group of Turkish university students. A sample of 1,870 students (21.2 ± 2.0 years old) completed the Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Hopelessness Scale, Anxiety Sensitivity Index, 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale. Smoking was highly prevalent (35.9%) in this sample. Male gender (OR = 2.72, CI 2.15-3.44), and parental smoking (OR = 1.41, CI 1.13-1.78) were factors associated with increased likelihood of smoking. Higher depressive symptoms and hopelessness levels were significantly related to smoking behavior. Smoking behavior might initiate as a mild and transient habit and unfortunately could become more serious and lead to an actual dependence. The results of this study show that it is necessary to pay attention to levels of depression and hopelessness, as well as parental influence.
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Celikel, F.C.; Celikel, S.; Erkorkmaz, U. Smoking Determinants in Turkish University Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2248-2257.View more citation formats
Celikel FC, Celikel S, Erkorkmaz U. Smoking Determinants in Turkish University Students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(8):2248-2257.Chicago/Turabian Style
Celikel, Feryal C.; Celikel, Serhat; Erkorkmaz, Unal. 2009. "Smoking Determinants in Turkish University Students." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 8: 2248-2257.