Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 492–503 | Cite as

Intrapersonal and Ecodevelopmental Factors Associated with Smoking in Hispanic Adolescents

  • Barbara Lopez
  • Shi Huang
  • Wei Wang
  • Guillermo Prado
  • C. Hendricks Brown
  • Guang Zeng
  • Kathryn Flavin
  • Hilda Pantin
Original Paper


We examined how relationships among intrapersonal (i.e., attitudes and beliefs about smoking) and ecodevelopmental (i.e., family, school, and peer) factors influence risk for lifetime smoking in immigrant Hispanic adolescents. Our sample was comprised of 223 immigrant Hispanic adolescents and their families and was drawn from 3 middle schools in a single school district. Data collected is a result of adolescent and parent completed questionnaires as well as county school data (i.e., GPA, teacher reported effort and conduct, absences). Results indicated only poor school functioning, peer smoking, and lack of perceived harm concerning smoking were directly related to adolescent lifetime smoking. Poor school functioning and peer smoking mediated the relationship between family functioning and adolescent smoking. Implications of these results for the design of smoking preventive interventions for immigrant Hispanic adolescents are discussed.


Hispanic Smoking Adolescents Peer smoking School functioning 



We acknowledge support from the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (IRG 9827707), National Institute of Drug Abuse (DA017462, H. Pantin, PI), National Institute of Mental Health-National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01MH40859, C. H. Brown, PI), and Redes en Accion. We also acknowledge our colleagues from the Prevention Science and Methodology Group for their contributions to this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Lopez
    • 1
  • Shi Huang
    • 2
  • Wei Wang
    • 3
  • Guillermo Prado
    • 2
  • C. Hendricks Brown
    • 2
  • Guang Zeng
    • 4
  • Kathryn Flavin
    • 2
  • Hilda Pantin
    • 2
  1. 1.Cardiovascular DivisionUniversity of Miami, Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Educational Administration and ResearchTexas A&M University-Corpus ChristiCorpus ChristiUSA

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