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Intergenerational transmission of gender social norms and teenage smoking

Núria Rodríguez-planas, Anna Sanz-de-galdeano

Publication date: Available online 15 November 2018

Source: Social Science & Medicine

Author(s): Núria Rodríguez-Planas, Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano


This paper provides evidence of different teenage-smoking dynamics between genders with social progression. In particular, we find that descending from more gender-equal societies makes girls relatively more prone to smoke than those from less gender-equal societies relative to their male counterparts. Using data from over 6000 s-generation immigrant teenagers sharing culture and institutions from one host country (Spain) but coming from 45 different countries of ancestry, we find that the higher the degree of gender equality in the country of ancestry, the higher the likelihood that immigrant girls smoke relative to boys. Our result holds even after we control for parental, sibling, and peer smoking, as well as for country-of-ancestry indicators of economic development and the smoking gender gap, among others.

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