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ERIC Number: EJ785416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1087-3244
How to Improve Adolescents' Sun Protection Behavior? Age and Gender Issues
Paul, Christine; Tzelepis, Flora; Parfitt, Nicholas; Girgis, Afaf
American Journal of Health Behavior, v32 n4 p387-398 Jul-Aug 2008
Objective: To explore adolescents' self-reported reasons for sun protection, as adolescents as a group continue to have poor sun protection practices. Methods: Seventeen age- and gender-segregated focus groups were conducted in Australian high schools. Results: Reasons for using sun protection included personal comfort, appearance, policies, fear of skin cancer, expectations of authority figures, peer actions, and habit. Reasons for not using sun protection included desire for a tan, inconvenience, low perceived risk, and fashion. Age and gender effects were found. Conclusions: Avenues for intervention with adolescents include authority figures, peer advocacy, the fashion industry, and improved sun protection products.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia