To protect or not to protect: examining reasons for sun protection among young women at risk for skin cancer

M. V. Auerbach, C. J. Heckman, S. Darlow

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Abstract

We aimed to further the understanding of the low rates of sun protection in young women at risk for skin cancer. Six-hundred-sixty-one daily diary entries were received via text message over 14 days from 56 young women at moderate to high risk of developing skin cancer. Women reported whether or not they used sun protection and also listed what their reasons were for using protection or not using sun protection each day. Multi-level modeling was used to examine the influence of study variables when predicting daily sun protection or lack of protection. The number of days in which sun protection was reported was positively associated with “habit” and “prevention” as reasons for protection and negatively associated with “not-needed” and “unprepared” as reasons for non-protection. Self-reported sun protection increased over the 14-day study period. Results of this study suggest the potential value of interventions aimed at motives for sun-protection behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-536
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of behavioral medicine
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Keywords

  • Daily diary
  • Multi-level modeling
  • Psychosocial
  • Skin cancer
  • Sun protection
  • Young women

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