Journal article

Sun-safe behaviour among secondary school students in Australia

JB Lowe, R Borland, WR Stanton, P Baade, V White, KP Balanda

Health Education Research | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2000


This paper reports data on the first national survey of sun-protection measures of Australian secondary school students. A cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of 23,915 Australian school children in Years 7-12 was conducted in 1993. Students were questioned about usual sun-protection practices, beliefs about skin cancer and suntans, and sunburn history. The results showed differences in sun-protection behaviours as a function of 'year level', 'gender', 'skin type' and 'concern about getting cancer' among others. Adolescents who believe there is a lot they can do to avoid skin cancer are more likely to engage in sun-protective behaviours. Males were more likely to wear a cap, ye..

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