Inattention as a key predictor of tobacco use in adolescence

J Abnorm Psychol. 2007 May;116(2):249-59. doi: 10.1037/0021-843X.116.2.249.


The authors examined the prediction from inattention to tobacco use among 2 cohorts (ages 7 and 13) of a community sample followed to young adulthood. Changes in self-reported tobacco use were tested with marginal transitional regression models, using parent and teacher ratings of inattention, hyperactivity-impulsivity, and other psychopathology, along with other factors, as predictors. Inattention, but not hyperactivity-impulsivity, significantly predicted adolescent tobacco use and young adult daily tobacco use. Peer substance use, parental substance use, and conduct disorder also predicted increases in tobacco use. African American ethnicity was strongly protective against later tobacco use.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / epidemiology
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / epidemiology
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / psychology*
  • Attention*
  • Causality
  • Child
  • Cohort Studies
  • Comorbidity
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Pennsylvania
  • Regression Analysis
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / psychology*