Smoking Habit and Psychological Distress in Adolescent Female Students

Fabrizio Schifano, Giovanni Forza, Luigi Gallimberti

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The authors administered a package containing some smoking‐related questions and a psychiatric inventory, the Symptom Checklist (SCL‐90), to 564 young women students (14–17 years old) to obtain information on the strength of the association between smoking and psychological distress in women smokers. Somatization, anxiety, hostility, and paranoid ideation scores were higher in teenage women smokers than in nonsmokers. Smokers generally have higher levels of minor psychiatric disturbance, but the data show that these symptoms are already present among young women at the start of their smoking careers. 1994 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-105
Number of pages6
JournalThe American Journal on Addictions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes


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