4008.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - Board 6

Abstract #4661

Evaluation of a Culturally-sensitive Intervention to Reduce Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Exposure in Young Latino Children

Susan I Woodruff, PhD1, Terry L. Conway, PhD2, and Christine C. Edwards, MPH2. (1) SDSU Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, 9245 Sky Park Ct., Ste. 120, San Diego, CA 92123, 619-594-2787, swoodruf@mail.sdsu.edu, (2) Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, 9245 Sky Park Ct, Suite 120, San Diego, CA 92131

This randomized controlled trial funded by the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program is evaluating a culturally-sensitive, behavioral problem-solving approach to reduce ETS exposure among young Latino children in San Diego County. Intervention efforts are directed toward a key member (e.g., the mother) of the household in which the child lives. Bicultural, bilingual promotoras, identified from the local community, conduct the intervention using contracting, shaping, positive reinforcement, and stimulus cues to assist the household contact in achieving ETS reduction goals. Participants are randomly assigned either to a control group or to a 4-month intervention group. Parent's reports of the child's exposure to ETS in the home and the child's hair cotinine levels are collected at baseline and at three post-intervention time points. Preliminary data for the first 43 families suggest immediate effectiveness of the intervention, with the intervention group reporting greater reductions in past-month exposure (¯6.5 cigarettes) than controls (­3.8 cigarettes). Final pre-post changes for 100 families will be presented, including changes in parent's reports of the child's exposure, and changes in hair cotinine.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to discuss the effectiveness of a culturally-sensitive intervention for reducing ETS exposure in young Latino children

Keywords: Latino Health, Tobacco Control

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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