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Do Australian adolescent female fake tan (sunless tan) users practice better sun-protection behaviors than non-users?

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Abstract


  • Objective: To determine differences in sun-protection behaviours, and incidence of sunburn, between

    Australian adolescent female fake tan users and non-users.

    Design: Cross sectional survey.

    Method: 398 adolescent females aged 12 to 18 years participated in a survey at public venues, schools,

    and online. The main outcome measures were self-reported fake tan usage in the past 12 months, frequency

    of sunburns and habitual sun-protection behaviours.

    Setting: Surveys were completed in New South Wales, Australia.

    Results: The prevalence of self-reported use of fake tanning products in the past 12 months among

    Australian adolescent females was 34.5%. Female fake tan users were significantly less likely to report

    wearing a hat, wearing a shirt with sleeves or wearing pants covering to the knees. There was no difference

    between fake tan users and non-users in use of sunscreen, seeking shade, wearing sunglasses or avoidance

    of peak ultraviolet (UV) hours. Logistic regression modelling, when accounting for age, desire for a tan and

    skin type, revealed fake tan users were more likely to experience frequent sunburns and less likely to wear

    protective clothing.

    Conclusions: Our findings show that fake tan use among Australian female adolescents is associated with

    decreased sun protection, specifically reduced use of both upper and lower body protective clothing. Fake

    tan users were significantly more likely to experience repeated sunburns, after controlling for skin type.

    These findings provide impetus for the development of health education programmes targeting a new subgroup

    of adolescents with distinct tanning behaviours.

UOW Authors


  •   Williams, Melinda (external author)
  •   Jones, Sandra C. (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter
  •   Iverson, Donald C.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Williams, M., Jones, S. C., Caputi, P. & Iverson, D. C. (2012). Do Australian adolescent female fake tan (sunless tan) users practice better sun-protection behaviors than non-users?. Health Education Journal, 71 (6), 654-661.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84868704171

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2229&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/1176

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 654

End Page


  • 661

Volume


  • 71

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • http://hej.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/09/09/0017896911419344.abstract

Abstract


  • Objective: To determine differences in sun-protection behaviours, and incidence of sunburn, between

    Australian adolescent female fake tan users and non-users.

    Design: Cross sectional survey.

    Method: 398 adolescent females aged 12 to 18 years participated in a survey at public venues, schools,

    and online. The main outcome measures were self-reported fake tan usage in the past 12 months, frequency

    of sunburns and habitual sun-protection behaviours.

    Setting: Surveys were completed in New South Wales, Australia.

    Results: The prevalence of self-reported use of fake tanning products in the past 12 months among

    Australian adolescent females was 34.5%. Female fake tan users were significantly less likely to report

    wearing a hat, wearing a shirt with sleeves or wearing pants covering to the knees. There was no difference

    between fake tan users and non-users in use of sunscreen, seeking shade, wearing sunglasses or avoidance

    of peak ultraviolet (UV) hours. Logistic regression modelling, when accounting for age, desire for a tan and

    skin type, revealed fake tan users were more likely to experience frequent sunburns and less likely to wear

    protective clothing.

    Conclusions: Our findings show that fake tan use among Australian female adolescents is associated with

    decreased sun protection, specifically reduced use of both upper and lower body protective clothing. Fake

    tan users were significantly more likely to experience repeated sunburns, after controlling for skin type.

    These findings provide impetus for the development of health education programmes targeting a new subgroup

    of adolescents with distinct tanning behaviours.

UOW Authors


  •   Williams, Melinda (external author)
  •   Jones, Sandra C. (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter
  •   Iverson, Donald C.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Williams, M., Jones, S. C., Caputi, P. & Iverson, D. C. (2012). Do Australian adolescent female fake tan (sunless tan) users practice better sun-protection behaviors than non-users?. Health Education Journal, 71 (6), 654-661.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84868704171

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2229&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/1176

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 654

End Page


  • 661

Volume


  • 71

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • http://hej.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/09/09/0017896911419344.abstract