Are adolescents with ADHD interested in genetic testing for nicotine addiction susceptibility?

Linda J. Herbert, Leslie R. Walker, McKane E. Sharff, Anisha A. Abraham, Kenneth P. Tercyak

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It has been well-established that some adolescents diagnosed with attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk for cigarette smoking. Current research on the genetic basis of this association could ultimately translate into genetic tests capable of identifying smoking-prone adolescents with ADHD. In this study we examined 81 ADHD affected adolescents' (age 13-21) interest in genetic testing for nicotine addiction susceptibility. Fifty-seven percent of adolescents indicated a fair amount of interest or more in testing. Most adolescents indicated that the personal information revealed from testing would be either useful (29%) or interesting (37%). Implications for genetically-informed smoking prevention and cessation interventions in high risk adolescents with ADHD are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1694-1707
Number of pages14
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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