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Smoking and depressive symptoms in a college population.
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PMID:  16048368     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A number of studies have documented the relationship between smoking and depression in adolescent and adult populations. The purpose of this study was to examine the level of depressive symptoms among college-age smokers and to determine whether or not increases in cigarette use were associated with increases in the number of depressive symptoms. A non-experimental cross-sectional design was used. Of the random sample (N = 895), 28% were current smokers, and more than 26% of the total sample reported high levels of depressive symptoms. Current smokers were more likely to report an increased level of depressive symptoms than nonsmokers were. Correlates of depressive symptoms included grade point average, marijuana use, and increased work hours. When controlling for these variables, the number of days smoked was predictive of depressive symptoms. School nurses have an important role in preventing smoking and treating smokers, as well as in preparing adolescents for the transition to college where many begin smoking.
S Lee Ridner; Ruth R Staten; Fred W Danner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of school nursing : the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1059-8405     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sch Nurs     Publication Date:  2005 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-28     Completed Date:  2005-11-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9206498     Medline TA:  J Sch Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  229-35     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Nursing, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Cross-Sectional Studies
Depression / epidemiology*
Health Status*
Peer Group
Regression Analysis
Risk Factors
Smoking / epidemiology*,  psychology*
Southeastern United States / epidemiology
Students / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data*
Tobacco Use Disorder / epidemiology,  nursing

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