Table 1

Prevalence of cigarette experimentation and physical activity, by demographic characteristics, acculturation status, and sensation seeking subscales (N = 1076)
Cigarette Experimenter Status Physically Active
No Yes No Yes
N (%) N (%) N (%) p-value N (%) N (%) p-value
Overall 825 (76.7) 251 (23.3) 764 (71.0) N (%)
Gender <0.001 <0.001
Female 543 (50.5) 454 (83.6) 89 (16.4) 429 (79.0) 114 (21.0)
Male 533 (49.5) 371 (69.6) 162 (30.4) 335 (62.9) 198 (37.1)
Age (years) <0.001 1.000
≤ 13 244 (22.7) 224 (91.8) 20 (8.2) 173 (70.9) 71 (29.1)
14 351 (32.6) 287 (81.8) 64 (18.2) 249 (70.9) 102 (29.1)
15 325 (30.2) 223 (68.6) 102 (31.4) 231 (71.1) 94 (28.9)
≥ 16 156 (14.5) 91 (58.3) 65 (41.7) 111 (71.2) 45 (28.8)
Country of birth 0.071 0.483
Mexico 274 (25.5) 221 (80.7) 53 (19.3) 190 (69.3) 84 (30.7)
US 802 (74.5) 604 (75.3) 198 (24.7) 574 (71.6) 228 (28.4)
Parental Education 0.895 0.308
< HS 704 (65.4) 537 (76.3) 167 (23.7) 510 (72.4) 194 (27.6)
HS 181 (16.8) 141 (77.9) 40 (22.1) 126 (69.6) 55 (30.4)
> HS 191 (17.8) 147 (77.0) 44 (23.0) 128 (67.0) 63 (33.0)
Parental Income ($)
< 24,999 147 (13.7) 110 (74.8) 33 (25.2) 106 (72.1) 41 (27.9)
25,000–44,999 327 (30.40 224 (74.6) 83 (25.4) 237 (72.5) 90 (27.5)
> 45,000 159 (14.8) 132 (83.0) 27 (17.0) 111 (69.8) 48 (30.2)
Missing 443 (41.2) 339 (76.5) 104 (23.5) 310 (70.0)
Language Acculturation 0.311 0.018
Lowest 338 (31.4) 268 (79.3) 70 (20.7) 232 (68.6) 106 (31.4)
Medium 429 (39.9) 320 (74.6) 109 (25.4) 325 (75.8) 104 (24.2)
Highest 309 (28.7) 237 (76.7) 72 (23.3) 207 (67.0) 102 (33.0)
Mean(SD) 3.5 (0.7) 3.5 (0.7) 3.5 (0.7) 0.603 3.5 (0.7) 3.5 (0.8) .902
Thrill and adventure seeking <0.001 <0.001
Mean (SD) 6.8 (3.3) 6.5 (3.3) 8.1 (2.9) 6.5 (3.3) 7.7 (3.2)
Range 0–12
Social Disinhibition <0.001 0.001
Mean (SD) 3.3 (1.9) 3.0 (1.9) 4.3 (1.6) 3.2 (1.9) 3.6 (1.9)
Range 0–7
Drug and alcohol attitudes <0.001 0.191
Mean (SD) Range 1.2 (1.6) 0–7 0.8 (1.3) 2.3 (1.9) 1.1 (1.6) 1.3 (1.6)

Note: Higher scores on the language acculturation scale reflect higher levels of acculturation. Higher scores on the thrill and adventure seeking scale, social disinhibition scale, and drug and alcohol attitude scale reflect higher levels of each aspect of sensation seeking.

Wilkinson et al.

Wilkinson et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:332   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-332

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