Inattention as a key predictor of tobacco use in adolescence

Jeffrey D. Burke, Rolf Loeber, Helene Raskin White, Magda Stouthamer-Loeber, Dustin A. Pardini

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The authors examined the prediction from inattention to tobacco use among 2 cohorts (ages 7 and 13) of a community sample followed to young adulthood. Changes in self-reported tobacco use were tested with marginal transitional regression models, using parent and teacher ratings of inattention, hyperactivity-impulsivity, and other psychopathology, along with other factors, as predictors. Inattention, but not hyperactivity-impulsivity, significantly predicted adolescent tobacco use and young adult daily tobacco use. Peer substance use, parental substance use, and conduct disorder also predicted increases in tobacco use. African American ethnicity was strongly protective against later tobacco use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-259
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • ADHD
  • Inattention
  • Prediction
  • Tobacco use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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