Smoking and Addictive Behaviors
This chapter deals with the acquisition among adolescents of smoking and related addictive behaviors (e.g., marijuana use). It is appropriate to focus on the adolescent period because few younger children have acquired smoking or other substance-use habits and because few people who do not acquire them during adolescence will do so later. Indeed, the “midlife crises” so readily diagnosed by pop psychology may be resolved by experimentation with adolescent-typical behaviors (e.g., a fast sports car), but not typically by experimenting with addictive substances. Adolescence thus qualifies empirically as a critical period for the acquisition of substance-use addictions. Nothing physically limits adults from acquiring such addictions, so it is more likely that the criticality of the adolescent period is a psychological phenomenon.
KeywordsSmoking Behavior Sexual Experience Addictive Behavior Smoking Initiation Regular Smoker
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