Original Articles

Psychosocial Correlates of Smoking Behaviour Among Students at a Historically Black University

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 21, issue 3, 2011 , pages: 447–450
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2011.10820479
Author(s): Lebogang Lorraine PhiriUniversity of Limpopo, South Africa, Legesse Kassa DebushoUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa, Solomon MashegoaneUniversity of Limpopo, South Africa


This study examined the influence of family structure and functioning on the smoking behavior of students attending a historically Black university. Participants were 316 students (average age = 21.2 years) at a South African university campus. They completed a smoking behavior survey. The data analyses revealed that family structure and functioning, and parental smoking predicted the students' smoking status. Family context contributes to smoking behavior among young college going adults. Additionally, being male and older age increased the odds of smoking.

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