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Office of Health Promotion Research

OHPR Abstract 18

Abstract 1980-1989

Worden JK, Flynn BS, Brisson SF, Secker-Walker RH, McAuliffe TL, Jones RP. An adult communication skills program to prevent adolescent smoking. J Drug Educ. 1987;17(1):1-9.

Communication skills workshops developed to teach adults how to help young people make responsible decisions about cigarette smoking and peer influences were conducted with 125 parents, teachers, and other adults. The workshops were evaluated through a 1-yr follow-up survey of participants to assess knowledge and use of skills and a behavioral comparison of adolescent smoking initiation between 2 communities receiving a high intensity of workshops and 58 communities of lower intensity. Results indicate that (1) participants were mostly mothers, (2) 66% of those surveyed 1 yr after the workshop reported use of skills 5 or more times in the past month, and (3) significantly fewer adolescents in the high intensity area initiated cigarette smoking than in the other area.

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