Youth Smoking in Stressed Environments : Determinants and Resiliency (Argentina, Colombia, Palestine)

Numerous studies have shown that the earlier an individual starts smoking, the harder it is to give it up. Understanding the mechanism of smoking initiation is therefore crucial to the design of successful prevention programs. Although much work has been done in this area, little of it has focused on disadvantaged youths in developing countries facing a high burden of personal risk.

This grant will support three case studies of young people in extremely stressful environments in Medellin (Colombia), the West Bank (Palestine) and northern Argentina, respectively. In the last case, the young people in question will be displaced aboriginal youth. Researchers will examine the role of both classical and added risk factors (violence, discrimination, marginalization, poverty), and investigate why some young people start smoking and others in similar circumstances do not. The key question will be: what makes some youth more resilient than others? It is hoped that the results will yield more appropriate preventive policies and programs.

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Start Date

Monday, January 1, 2007

End Date

Thursday, July 1, 2010


39 months

IDRC Officer

Leppan, Wardie

Total funding

CA$ 510,900


Argentina, South America, Colombia, Middle East, West Bank and Gaza, North and Central America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Ethel Alderete


Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnologia Regional

Institution Country


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Project Leader

Luis Fernando Duque


Asociación Colombiana de la Salud

Institution Country


Project Leader

Niveen Abu Rmeileh

Project Leader

Abdullatif Husseini


Birzeit University

Institution Country

West Bank and Gaza

Institution Website