Ecological momentary assessment of antecedents and consequences of smoking in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.


Journal Article

The current study assessed antecedents and consequences of ad lib cigarette smoking in smokers diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using ecological momentary assessment (EMA). Adult smokers with ADHD (n = 17) completed 870 smoking and 622 nonsmoking electronic diary entries over a 7-day observation period of their naturalistic smoking behavior. Data collection occurred from 2011 to 2012. Generalized estimating equations indicated that ADHD smokers were more likely to smoke when urge to smoke, negative affect, boredom, stress, worry, and restlessness were elevated. In addition, participants were more likely to smoke in situations that elicited higher levels of nervousness and frustration. ADHD symptoms, in general, did not differ between smoking and nonsmoking contexts, though hyperactive-impulsive ADHD symptoms were elevated prior to smoking in frustrating situations. Additional situational antecedent variables were associated with smoking, including being in the presence of others smoking, being in a bar or restaurant, while outside, and while consuming caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. Participants also reported a significant improvement in urge to smoke, negative affect, stress, hunger, and ADHD symptoms after smoking a cigarette. Findings suggest certain contextual factors that may maintain ad lib cigarette smoking in smokers with ADHD and identify potential treatment targets in smoking cessation interventions for this at-risk group. Clinical implications and future research directions are discussed. Funding for this study was provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mitchell, JT; Dennis, MF; English, JS; Dennis, PA; Brightwood, A; Beckham, JC; Kollins, SH

Published Date

  • September 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1446 - 1456

PubMed ID

  • 24827866

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24827866

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-2491

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/10826084.2014.912229


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England