Researchers at Indiana University and Arizona State University say that parents’ implicit or subconscious attitudes about smoking are transferred to their children. The recent study was the first to document the intergenerational transmission of implicit attitudes and to report a prospective link between implicit attitudes and smoking initiation. The findings were reported in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Participants were initially non-smoking adolescents (ages 10 to 18 years old), who took part in a 18-month web-based study. Jon Macy, project director of the IU Smokey Survey sponsored through the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences says that parents “might have positive implicit attitudes about smoking and these attitudes are being transmitted to their children in ways they might not be aware of.”
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