TReND: Conceptual and Methodological Issues for Research in Tobacco-Related Health Disparities

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About the Project

The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND), which is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the American Legacy Foundation, is pleased to announce the release of Conceptual and Methodological Issues for Research on Tobacco-Related Health Disparities, a supplemental journal issue published in October 2007 by Addiction. The editors of this special issue include Drs. Richard Clayton, Linda Alexander, and Brian Flaherty. The papers represent multidisciplinary collaborations among health disparities and tobacco control researchers.

Conceptual and Methodological Issues for Research on Tobacco-Related Health Disparities was initiated to address some of the methodological, conceptual, and practical challenges that impact our ability to reduce tobacco-related health disparities. In these papers, the authors:

  • critically examine transdisciplinary and integrated models for investigating tobacco-related health disparities;
  • raise questions about the validity, reliability, and relevance of constructs, measures, and methods for low socioeconomic status and/or minority racial/ethnic groups and;
  • challenge our assumptions about the relevance of current policy and other intervention approaches to tobacco control among groups who experience and suffer from tobacco-related health disparities.

We invite you to review these papers and encourage you to build on this research. Please find a list of the articles and access to the PubMed abstracts included in the special journal issue.  You may also download the articles by accessing the Addiction website for this special issue.

Editorial Team

Richard Clayton, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky

Linda Alexander, Ed.D.
University of Kentucky

Brian Flaherty, Ph.D.
University of Washington

Contact Us

For questions and comments, please contact:
Pebbles Fagan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Health Scientist
Tobacco Control Research Branch
Behavioral Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

Project Activities and Findings

Special Journal Issue

Conceptual and Methodological Issues for Research on Tobacco-Related Health Disparities. Special journal issue published by Addiction.

Note: To download the articles, please access the Addiction website for this special issue.

Richard R. Clayton, Brian P. Flaherty, Linda A. Alexander(2007). Conceptual and methodological issues for research on tobacco-related health disparities. Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2):1-4.

Section 1

Pebbles Fagan, Eric T. Moolchan, Deirdre Lawrence, Anita Fernander, & Paris K. Ponder (2007). Identifying health disparities and the tobacco continuum. Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2):5-29.

Eric T. Moolchan, Pebbles Fagan, Anita F. Fernander, Wayne F. Velicer, Mark D. Hayward, Gary King, & Richard R. Clayton(2007). Addressing tobacco-related health disparities. Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2):30-42.

Anita F. Fernander, Vickie L. Shavers & George J. Hammons(2007). A biopyschosocial approach to examining tobacco-related health disparities among racially classified social groups. Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2):43-57.

Anita F. Fernander (2007). Racially classified social group tobacco related health disparities: What is the role of genetics? Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2):58-64.

Research Report
Thomas A. LaVeist, Roland J. Thorpe Jr., GiShawn A. Mance, John Jackson (2007). Overcoming confounding of race with socio-economic status and segregation to explore race disparities in smoking. Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2): 65-70.

Section 2

Research Reports
Donna Vallone, Jane A. Allen, Richard R. Clayton, & Haijun Xiao (2007). How reliable and valid is the Brief Sensation Seeking Scale (BSSS-4) for youth of various racial/ethnic groups? Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2):71-78.

Michael T. Stephenson, Luis F. Velez, Patricia Chalela, Amelie Ramirez, Rick H. Hoyle (2007). The reliability and validity of the Brief Sensation Seeking Scale (BSSS-8) with young adult Latino workers: Implications for tobacco and alcohol disparity research. Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2): 79-91.

Richard R. Clayton, Melissa J. Segress, Crystal A. Caudill (2007). “Sensation seeking: A commentary.”  Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2): 92-94.

Section 3

John A. Tauras(2007). Differential impact of state tobacco control policies among race and ethnic groups.  Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2): 95-103.

Research Reports
Shu-Hong Zhu, Kim Pulvers, Yuerong Zhuang & Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati(2007). Most Latino smokers in California are low frequency smokers. Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2): 104-111.

Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Laura A. Beebe & Eliseo J. Perez-Stable(2007). Building capacity to address tobacco-related disparities among in American Indian and Hispanic/Latino communities: Conceptual and systemic considerations. Addiction; 102(Suppl. 2):112-122.

Return to TReND Projects

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and American Legacy Foundation are proud to fund the Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND). Previous support has also been provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office on Women’s Health, NCI Office of Women’s Health, and the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.