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Knowledge, attitudes and self-care practices related to sun protection among secondary students in Australia

Livingston, Patricia, White, V.M., Ugoni, A.M. and Borland, Ron 2001, Knowledge, attitudes and self-care practices related to sun protection among secondary students in Australia, Health education research, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 269-278.

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Title Knowledge, attitudes and self-care practices related to sun protection among secondary students in Australia
Author(s) Livingston, Patricia
White, V.M.
Ugoni, A.M.
Borland, Ron
Journal name Health education research
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 269
End page 278
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2001-06
ISSN 0268-1153
1465-3648
Summary The aim of this research was to ascertain changes in sun-related knowledge, attitudes and self-care practices among Australian secondary school students between 1993 and 1996. Two cross-sectional surveys of sun-related attitudes, beliefs and behavior of young people aged 12–17 years of age, were conducted in 1993 and 1996. Over 80% of adolescents at both time periods knew about the issues related to skin cancer prevention, frequency of burning and burning on cloudy days. Adolescent attitudes had shifted positively in the areas of staying inside in 1996 [relative risk (RR): 1.13; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.09–1.17] and staying under shade in 1996 (RR: 1.16; 95% CI: 1.13–1.18). Desire for a moderate or dark tan was lower in 1996 (45%) than in 1993 (50%). Respondents reported that they were less likely to wear brief clothing to get a suntan in 1996 (RR: 0.81; 95% CI: 0.78–0.84) and were significantly more likely to stay in the shade in 1996 (RR: 1.19; 95% CI: 1.16–1.23). We conclude that there has been a shift in attitudes towards use of shade and avoidance of unnecessary exposure, and away from use of sunscreens and sunglasses. The results suggest that adolescents may be more ready to accept structural changes that move desired activities out of the sun.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Oxford University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004274

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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