Radon, Secondhand Smoke, and Children in the Home: Creating a Teachable Moment for Lung Cancer Prevention

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Abstract

Objective: This study determined whether having minor children in the home was associated with the teachable moment (TM) constructs of lung cancer worry, perceived risk, health-related self-concept, and the novel construct of synergistic risk. Design and Sample: Secondary data analysis of baseline data from a randomized controlled trial of an intervention to reduce home exposure to radon and secondhand smoke (SHS). Quota sample of adults recruited at a Central Kentucky academic medical center (N = 556). Measures: Survey items assessed lung cancer worry, perceived risk, synergistic risk perception, and health-related self-concept. Results: The presence of children in the home was not a significant predictor of any construct needed to create a TM for lung cancer prevention. Individuals with children living in the home were more likely to be younger, a racial/ethnic minority, a current smoker, and live with a smoker compared to those without children in the home. Conclusions: There is a critical need to raise parental awareness on child health inequities related to the home exposure to radon and SHS. Public health nurses can create TMs for lung cancer prevention through greater awareness of the risks posed by radon and SHS along with promoting home testing and low-cost resources to reduce risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-538
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
A supplement award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS-funded parent grant 5R01ES021502; 09/01/2012 ? 05/31/2017; PI: E. Hahn) provided support for this research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Keywords

  • adolescent
  • child
  • lung neoplasms
  • radon
  • tobacco smoke pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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