Validity of self-reports and reliability of spousal proxy reports on the smoking behavior of Chinese parents with young children

Yim Wah Mak, Jean Tak Alice Loke Yuen, Tai Hing Lam, Abu Saleh M. Abdullah

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This study aims to examine the validity of self-reports and reliability of spousal proxy reports of smoking behavior among Chinese parents with young children. Agreement of self-reported smoking status with expired CO concentration among parents in the intake interview was significant with kappa at 0.70. Agreement of the mothers' and fathers' proxy reports on their spouses' smoking status and cigarette consumption by ICC were 1.0 and 0.58, and 0.82 and 0.33, respectively. Self-report and proxy reports of smoking status are considered valid and reliable to assess smoking behavior of parents with young children in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-845
Number of pages5
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • Biochemical validation
  • Proxy validity
  • Self-report validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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