Racial and Gender Discrimination, Tobacco Use, and Time Perspective among Adolescents


Dr. Mello (PI) received $619,228 to investigate the relationships among (a) tobacco use and co-use, (b) perceived discrimination based on race/ethnicity, immigration status, and gender, and (c) time perspective defined as thoughts and feelings about the past, present, and future. The study has three aims: to (1) examine how adolescents’ perceived discrimination is associated with tobacco use, (2) determine how these relationships are moderated by time perspective, and (3) develop a preliminary curriculum based on this research that is informed by the community. The proposed study will occur in two diverse high schools in California. A mixed-method research design will be used that comprises surveys and interviews. Community engagement will include participation by adolescents, parents, and teachers throughout the research process, including with the survey, findings, and curriculum.


This project was partially supported by funds provided by The Regents of the University of California, Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Program, Grant Number No. T31IP1855. The opinions, findings, and conclusions herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Regents of the University of California, or any of its programs.