Environmental Influences on Tobacco Use Among Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth
Published Date:Apr 30 2013
Source:Health Promot Pract. 2013; 14(5 0):40S-47S.
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Community-based Participatory Research
Geographic Information Systems
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Tobacco Prevention And Control
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4360954
Funding:U54 CA153458/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U58 DP001520/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
5U58DP001520/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
CA 5U54153458/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
Description:There is growing interest in understanding individual and environmental influences on youth risk behaviors, including tobacco use. The purpose of this article is to describe the processes and findings from a study that sought to increase the capacity of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community-based organizations to understand and address the environmental influences on tobacco use among AAPI youth. Using a multimethod approach to data collection that included GIS (geographic information system) mapping, Photovoice, and individual youth surveys, a team of community and university researchers conducted a 3-year study to assess and address the environmental influences of tobacco use among youth. Community-based participatory research principles guided the study and facilitated unique capacity building and analyses throughout the study period. Results in Long Beach from all three methods highlighted the associations between youth smoking and environmental factors: GIS mapping identified at least 77 separate locations of pro-tobacco influences, photographs captured many of these locations and provided youth leaders with opportunities to identify how other influences contributed to smoking risk, and surveys of youth indicated that perceived community safety and proximity to pro-tobacco influences were associated with smoking in the past 30 days. Subsequent community-based organization activities undertaken by study partners are also discussed, and lessons learned summarized.
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