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Socioeconomic Lifecourse Influences on Women's Smoking Status in Early Adulthood

Graham, H., Francis, B., Inskip, H.M. and Harman, J. (2006) Socioeconomic Lifecourse Influences on Women's Smoking Status in Early Adulthood. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 60 (3). pp. 228-233. ISSN 0143-005x

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Study objective: To incorporate women’s domestic trajectories and circumstances into analyses of the socioeconomic influences on women’s smoking status (current and former smoking) in early adulthood.

Design: Cross sectional survey

Setting: Southampton, UK.

Participants: 8437 women aged 25–34 recruited from 1998–2002 via patient lists of general practices

Main results: Domestic lifecourse factors contributed to the odds of being a current smoker and former smoker in models that included conventional measures of the socioeconomic lifecourse. Early motherhood, non-cohabitation, and lone motherhood increased the odds of smoking; early motherhood and non-cohabitation reduced the odds of former smoking. For example, relative to childless women, odds ratios (OR) for women who had become mothers <20 years were 1.71 for smoking and 0.76 for former smoking. The effects of education and current SEP remained strong with the inclusion of childbearing and cohabitation variables for both outcomes. For instance, compared with women in education to age >=22, the odds ratio for smoking for those leaving school <=16 was 3.37 and for former smoking was 0.42.

Conclusions: Both the conventionally measured socioeconomic lifecourse and the domestic lifecourse contributed separately to the odds of smoking and former smoking, suggesting that lifecourse analyses should incorporate women’s domestic circumstances as an important pathway of influence on their smoking status in early adulthood.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Health Sciences (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2009 11:10
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2009 11:10
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2005.039784
Status: Published
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group; 1999
Identification Number: 10.1136/jech.2005.039784
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6626

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