Childhood respiratory symptoms and mental health problems: The role of intergenerational smoking
Pediatric Pulmonology, 05/29/2012
Goodwin RD et al. – These results provide initial evidence that exposure to parental smoking may play a role in the observed co–occurrence of respiratory and mental health problems in youth, and youths' own smoking appears to influence the link with depressive disorders, but not anxiety disorders.Methods
- Prospective cohort study.
- Data were drawn from a school-based sample of 1709 young persons in Oregon.
- Physical and mental health data were collected on youth.
- Respiratory symptoms were associated with significantly increased odds of mental health problems among youth.
- After adjusting for youth smoking, the relationship between respiratory symptoms and depressive disorders was no longer statistically significant.
- The relationships between respiratory symptoms and anxiety and depressive disorders were no longer significant after adjusting for parental smoking. Parental anxiety/depressive disorders did not appear to influence these relationships.