The relationships between sensation seeking and a spectrum of e-cigarette use behaviors: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses specific to Texas adolescents

Kathleen R. Case, Melissa B. Harrell, Adriana Pérez, Alexandra Loukas, Anna V. Wilkinson, Andrew E. Springer, Me Lisa R. Creamer, Cheryl L. Perry

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Abstract

Introduction Sensation seeking is strongly associated with cigarette use in adolescents. However, few studies have investigated its relationship with adolescent e-cigarette use. This study examined cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between sensation seeking and a variety of e-cigarette use behaviors among Texas adolescents. Methods This study utilized two waves of data collected 6 months apart through the Texas Adolescent Tobacco and Marketing Surveillance System (TATAMS) in 2014–2015 (n = 2,488/N = 461,069). TATAMS employs a complex probability-sampling design and is representative of students in 6th, 8th and 10th grades from five counties surrounding the four largest cities in Texas (Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Austin). Weighted multivariable logistic regression was used to examine the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between sensation seeking and susceptibility to e-cigarette use, ever e-cigarette use, and current (past 30 day) e-cigarette use. Results In the cross-sectional analyses, higher mean sensation seeking scores were associated with higher odds of both susceptibility to e-cigarette use and ever e-cigarette use (AOR = 1.25, 95% CI = 1.07, 1.47; AOR = 1.24, 95% CI = 1.08, 1.43, respectively). For the longitudinal analyses, only the association between higher mean sensation seeking scores and transition to ever e-cigarette use remained statistically significant (AOR = 1.45, 95% CI = 1.01, 2.08). There were no significant associations between sensation seeking and current e-cigarette use in either the cross-sectional or longitudinal analyses. Conclusions Higher sensation seeking scores were consistently and significantly related to experimentation with e-cigarette use among Texas adolescents. Future interventions (e.g., communication campaigns) should target high sensation seeking adolescents to reduce initiation of e-cigarette use among this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-157
Number of pages7
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume73
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Sensation seeking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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