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Comorbid Psychopathology - Teen Smoking Cessation


Adolescent cigarette smokers have disproportionately high rates of co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders, similar to those found in the adult smoking population. In the absence of intervention, adolescent smokers with co-morbid psychopathology are likely to become highly dependent, recalcitrant adult smokers who have extreme difficulty quitting smoking. The overall objective of this research program is to develop effective smoking cessation approaches for these high risk youth, and to advance the applicant's knowledge of the relationship between psychopathology and smoking cessation within the context of a treatment outcome study.


Compare the efficacy of: (1) brief advice and self-help materials (BA), or (2) a tailored and sustained, motivational intervention with personalized feedback, relapse prevention and coping skills/mood management training, continued telephone counseling, and a parent-involvement phone intervention (MI+).


Consecutive sample (n = 191) of 13-17 year olds, admitted for psychiatric hospitalization, who smoked at least one cigarette per week for the past four weeks, had access to a telephone, and did not meet DSM-IV criteria for current psychotic disorder.