Delay discounting by depressed and non-depressed adolescent smokers and non-smokers

Sarah Imhoff, Millie Harris, Jason Weiser, Brady Reynolds

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Abstract

Background: Both delay discounting and depression are risk factors for cigarette smoking during adolescence. However, very little research has explored associations between these variables in adolescent smokers and non-smokers. Methods: Eighty adolescents were recruited based on depression status (depressed and non-depressed) and smoking status (smokers and non-smokers) to form four groups (n= 20 per group). All participants completed a computerized monetary delay discounting task and a measure of depression. Results: Delay discounting and depression were significantly correlated. Also, smokers (both depressed and non-depressed) and depressed non-smokers all discounted significantly more than non-smokers who were not depressed. Depressed non-smokers and both groups of smokers did not differ in rate of delay discounting. Conclusions: Adolescent non-smokers who are depressed discount similarly to adolescents who smoke and more than non-smokers who are not depressed. Future research should explore the unique versus shared roles of delay discounting and depression as risk factors for smoking during adolescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-155
Number of pages4
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Volume135
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Support for this research was provided by research awards from the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department and by an award from the Arts and Sciences Department, The Ohio State University.

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Delay discounting
  • Depression
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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