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[This article belongs to Volume - 26, Issue - 02]

Effect of Parental Support on Adolescents' Students Smoking

Adolescents as one of the high-risk groups starting to smoke are a very important age group and special attention should be compensated to their behaviors from health policy- and decision-makers. To assess the prevalence of smoking among adolescents in both governmental and private secondary schools, in addition, to identify effect of parental support on adolescents concerning the issue, and find out association between smoking with certain demographic data. A cross section study design used for the current research through the period of 3 January 2023 to 30 May 2023. It is conducted in Babylon governorate, Iraq at governmental and private secondary schools on total participants as (N=1235) students, selected by using stratified simple random sampling approach. The data collected by using a modified version of the Global School-based Student Health Survey Questionnaire (GSHS) 2021 version and parent support tool analyzed electronically by using SPSS program. The majority of participants are male gender and aged between (17-18) years. Smoking distribution among private schools higher than governmental schools. There are a significant association between adolescents smoking and their parental support. After an assessment, there is a noticeable significant association between parental support and smoking behaviors. So the researchers recommend that parental support may address smoking among adolescents.