Sun protection practices, knowledge and attitudes to tans among New Zealand adolescents, 1991-1997

Citation
R. Richards et al., Sun protection practices, knowledge and attitudes to tans among New Zealand adolescents, 1991-1997, NZ MED J, 114(1132), 2001, pp. 229-231
Citations number
16
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
General & Internal Medicine
Journal title
NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL JOURNAL
ISSN journal
0028-8446 → ACNP
Volume
114
Issue
1132
Year of publication
2001
Pages
229 - 231
Database
ISI
SICI code
0028-8446(20010525)114:1132<229:SPPKAA>2.0.ZU;2-B
Abstract
Aims. To examine change in the self-reported sun protection, knowledge and attitudes to tans amongst fourth form students from 1991 to 1997. Methods. Questionnaires were mailed to 20 New Zealand secondary schools, wh ere 20 students were randomly selected to participate in each school. Results. The proportions of adolescents who reported getting sunburnt over summer, and sunbathing for the purpose of tanning increased significantly f rom 1991 to 1997, while there were decreases in the proportions who reporte d getting a suntan, wearing clothing for sun protection and having heard of melanoma. There was also some evidence of a decrease in the attribution of positive qualities of a tan. Conclusions. Some positive changes in attitudes to tanning among New Zealan d adolescents were present over the 1991-1997 period. Although these change s are promising there was little change in utilisation of sun protection me asures, in fact, there was evidence that this has worsened.