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Type: Journal article
Title: Predictors of sun-related behaviors among young women: comparisons between outdoor tanners, fake tanners, and tan avoiders
Author: Day, A.
Oxlad, M.
Roberts, R.
Citation: Journal of American College Health, 2013; 61(6):315-322
Publisher: Heldref Publications
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0744-8481
1940-3208
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Ashley K. Day, Melissa Oxlad, Rachel M. Roberts
Abstract: Objective: Skin cancer incidence continues to rise as a tanned appearance remains desirable, particularly among young women. Fake tanning provides a tanned appearance without exposure to ultraviolet radiation. In order to advance our understanding of the factors that contribute to long-term behavior change, this study explores determinants associated with different types of tanning. Participants: The sample included 162 female students from the University of Adelaide, Australia, aged 18–26 years. Data were collected in July 2010. Methods: The current study measured differences in skin type, skin cancer knowledge, unrealistic optimism, appearance motivation, and sun-protective and sun exposure behaviors amongst outdoor tanners, fake tanners, and tan avoiders through an online survey. Results: Differences were observed for skin type, skin cancer knowledge, unrealistic optimism, sun protection, and sun exposure. Conclusions: A “one-size-fits-all” approach to skin cancer prevention may not be appropriate; type of tanning behavior may need to be considered in health promotion work.
Keywords: Fake tan; gender; health behavior; sun behavior; tan
Rights: Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group
RMID: 0020131453
DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2013.806926
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