Depressive mood, the single-parent home, and adolescent cigarette smoking

Am J Public Health. 1990 Nov;80(11):1330-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.80.11.1330.


The association between depressive mood and cigarette smoking among adolescents was examined within a multivariate model. Subjects were 205 eleventh graders (123 boys and 82 girls) enrolled in a Northeast metropolitan public high school for science-oriented students. Logistic regression analysis showed an independent relation of depressive mood, friends' smoking behavior, and living in a single-parent home with cigarette smoking. Depression scores correlated with the number of cigarettes smoked. These associations suggest that depressive mood and stress may contribute to the onset of smoking.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Depression / etiology*
  • Family
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Male
  • Single Parent*
  • Smoking*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires