We have compared the unique features of teen tobacco cessation programs developed internally by community-based organizations (N=75) to prepackaged programs disseminated nationally (N=234) to expand our knowledge of treatment options for teen smokers. Internally-developed programs were more likely offered in response to the sponsoring organization’s initiative (OR=2.16, p<0.05); had fewer trained cessation counselors (OR=0.31, p<0.01); and were more likely found in urban areas (OR=2.89, p=0.01). Internally-developed programs more often provided other substance-abuse treatment services than prepackaged programs and addressed other youth-specific problem behaviors (p≤0.05). Studies that examine the effectiveness of internally-developed programs in reducing smoking and maintaining cessation for teen smokers are warranted.
Sterling, K., et. al. (2009). Internally-developed youth smoking cessation programs: characterizing the unique features of "home grown" programs developed by community-based organizations. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 6(3), 1026-1040; doi:10.3390/ijerph6031026. PMID:19440431 Also available at: http://digitalarchive.gsu.edu/iph_facpub/27/
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