November 11, 2015
Research has shown that some adolescents experience nicotine dependence at low levels of smoking (DiFranza et al., 2000; O'Loughlin et al., 2003). Other results indicate that early nicotine dependence strongly predicts future smoking (Dierker & Mermelstein, 2010; DiFranza et al., 2002). A recent paper in the journal Addictive Behavior, “Nicotine-dependence-varying effects of smoking events on momentary mood changes among adolescents,” provides insight into the mechanisms that encourage and maintain nicotine dependence. In this paper, the authors apply time-varying effect modeling (TVEM) and other methods to examine the association between nicotine dependence and the impact of smoking on mood. Authors include Methodology Center investigators, affiliates, and collaborators Arielle Selya, Nicole Updegrove, Jennifer Rose, Lisa Dierker, Xianming Tan, Donald Hedeker, Runze Li, and Robin Mermelstein.