Sunburn and sun protection among New Zealand adolescents over a summer weekend

Citation
R. Richards et al., Sunburn and sun protection among New Zealand adolescents over a summer weekend, AUS NZ J PU, 25(4), 2001, pp. 352-354
Citations number
15
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science
Journal title
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
ISSN journal
1326-0200 → ACNP
Volume
25
Issue
4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
352 - 354
Database
ISI
SICI code
1326-0200(200108)25:4<352:SASPAN>2.0.ZU;2-P
Abstract
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 ous weekend. 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.