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Exploring young people’s beliefs and images about sun safety

White, Katherine M., Robinson, Natalie G., Young, Ross McD., Anderson, Peter J., Hyde, Melissa K., Greenbank, Susan, Keane, Julie, Rolfe, Toni, Vardon, Paul, & Baskerville, Debra (2008) Exploring young people’s beliefs and images about sun safety. Youth Studies Australia, 27(4), pp. 43-49.

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Abstract

To understand young people’s low levels of sun protection behaviour, 145 young people (12–20 years) were recruited from Queensland to participate in a one-hour focus group where they discussed issues related to sun protection and images of tanned and non-tanned people. Responses were content analysed to identify common sun protection beliefs and perceptions. Key barriers and motivators for sun protection were identified. Despite young people’s awareness of the advantages of sun protection, health promotion efforts still need to focus on not only reducing beliefs about the costs of performing sun protection but also on decreasing the positive view of tanned images among youth.

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ID Code: 16985
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: skin cancer, sun safety, youth, tanning, Theory of Planned Behaviour
ISSN: 1038-2569
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2008 08:09
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:46

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