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Sun protecting and sun exposing behaviors: testing their relationship simultaneously with indicators of ultraviolet exposure among adolescents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21668869     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to build on existing understanding of adolescent sun-related behavior by combining sun protecting and sun exposing behaviors and testing their relationship simultaneously with indicators of ultraviolet (UV) exposure. Data were collected for 692 adolescents aged between 12 and 18 years. General linear modeling was undertaken to test the relationship of sun-related behaviors with indicators of UV exposure. Overall, the combined sun protection and sun exposing behaviors accounted for 13.8% of the variance in the number of sunburns, 28.1% of the variance in current tan and 57.5% of the variance in desired tan, respectively. Results indicated that having a strong desire for a tan was significantly associated with spending time tanning, delaying the use of sun protection, wearing brief clothing and using no sun protection; whereas the number of sunburns was significantly associated with sunscreen use, avoiding peak hours and delaying sun protection. Current tan was significantly associated with wearing sunglasses, shade use and time spent tanning. In examining sun-related behaviors among adolescents, consideration needs to be given to both sun exposing and sun protecting behaviors. This research has important implications for conceptualizing outcomes in programs designed to reduce UV exposure.
Melinda Williams; Peter Caputi; Sandra C Jones; Don Iverson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-07-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Photochemistry and photobiology     Volume:  87     ISSN:  1751-1097     ISO Abbreviation:  Photochem. Photobiol.     Publication Date:    2011 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-02     Completed Date:  2011-12-30     Revised Date:  2012-05-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376425     Medline TA:  Photochem Photobiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1179-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2011 The Authors. Photochemistry and Photobiology © 2011 The American Society of Photobiology.
Centre for Health Initiatives, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
Attitude to Health
Environmental Exposure / adverse effects,  analysis*,  prevention & control
Models, Statistical
Risk Assessment / methods*
Skin / radiation effects
Skin Neoplasms / prevention & control*
Sunbathing / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Sunburn / prevention & control*
Sunscreening Agents / therapeutic use*
Ultraviolet Rays
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Sunscreening Agents

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