Objective: To examine predictors of sunburn and sun protection practices du
ring summer weekends within a sample of NZ adolescents.
Method: Phone interviews were conducted with 203 participants aged 12-17 ye
ars. Questions were asked about behaviour from 11am to 4pm during the previ
Results: Less than half of the sample outside during peak radiation hours w
ore sunscreen and only a quarter wore hats. Sunburn was experienced by 31%
of adolescents and was associated with spending longer times outside and us
e of sunscreen without reapplication. Wearing a sunhat was predicted by bei
ng younger and male, while sunscreen use was predicted by being female.
Conclusions: There is a lack of appropriate sun protection among many NZ ad
olescents, and correspondingly high rates of sunburn. Possible opportunitie
s to address this are through increasing the efficacy of sunscreen and sun
hat use, and creating outdoor environments that support sun avoidance.