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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(4), 1694-1707; doi:10.3390/ijerph7041694
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Are Adolescents with ADHD Interested in Genetic Testing for Nicotine Addiction Susceptibility?

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Received: 4 February 2010 / Revised: 11 March 2010 / Accepted: 9 April 2010 / Published: 14 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
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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 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.

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