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Degree Name

Master of Science


Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Rosalie Corona, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dr. Joshua Langberg, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin Sutherland, Ph.D.


Adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk of using e-cigarettes compared to their neurotypical peers. Parent-adolescent communication about tobacco use and number of ADHD symptoms can influence adolescents’ perceptions of e-cigarettes and their e-cigarette use. Adolescents with ADHD (n = 80) completed questionnaires assessing parental messages about tobacco use; e-cigarette harm perceptions; susceptibility to use e-cigarettes; and e-cigarette use. Parents reported on messages about tobacco use, adolescent’s ADHD symptomatology, and completed demographic questionnaires. Twenty-percent of adolescents reported e-cigarette ever use. Adolescent girls were significantly more likely to report higher e-cigarette harm perceptions than boys. Parents reported providing messages about tobacco use more frequently than adolescents reported receiving. E-cigarette harm perceptions did not mediate the association between parent-reported messages and adolescent’s e-cigarette use. Further, the ADHD symptom severity did not moderate the associations between parental messages of tobacco use and adolescents’ e-cigarette outcomes. Results highlight the similarities in e-cigarette outcomes for adolescents with ADHD and their peers without ADHD. Suggestions for future research are provided.


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