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Are Adolescents with ADHD Interested in Genetic Testing for Nicotine Addiction Susceptibility?
University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA
Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
Georgetown University Medical Center, 3300 Whitehaven Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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Received: 4 February 2010; in revised form: 11 March 2010 / Accepted: 9 April 2010 / Published: 14 April 2010
Abstract: It has been well-established that some adolescents diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk for cigarette smoking. Current research on the genetic basis of this association could ultimately translate into genetic tests capable of identifying smoking-prone adolescents with ADHD. In this study we examined 81 ADHD affected adolescents’ (age 13–21) interest in genetic testing for nicotine addiction susceptibility. Fifty-seven percent of adolescents indicated a fair amount of interest or more in testing. Most adolescents indicated that the personal information revealed from testing would be either useful (29%) or interesting (37%). Implications for genetically-informed smoking prevention and cessation interventions in high risk adolescents with ADHD are discussed.
Keywords: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); genetic testing; nicotine addiction
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Herbert, L.J.; Walker, L.R.; Sharff, M.E.; Abraham, A.A.; Tercyak, K.P. Are Adolescents with ADHD Interested in Genetic Testing for Nicotine Addiction Susceptibility? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 1694-1707.
Herbert LJ, Walker LR, Sharff ME, Abraham AA, Tercyak KP. Are Adolescents with ADHD Interested in Genetic Testing for Nicotine Addiction Susceptibility? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(4):1694-1707.
Herbert, Linda J.; Walker, Leslie R.; Sharff, McKane E.; Abraham, Anisha A.; Tercyak, Kenneth P. 2010. "Are Adolescents with ADHD Interested in Genetic Testing for Nicotine Addiction Susceptibility?" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 7, no. 4: 1694-1707.