Journal article

Knowledge, attitudes and self-care practices related to sun protection among secondary students in Australia

PM Livingston, VM White, AM Ugoni, R Borland

Health Education Research | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2001


The aim of this research was to ascertain changes in sun-related knowledge, attitudes and self-care practices among Australian secondary school students between 1993 and 1996. Two cross-sectional surveys of sun-related attitudes, beliefs and behavior of young people aged 12-17 years of age, were conducted in 1993 and 1996. Over 80% of adolescents at both time periods knew about the issues related to skin cancer prevention, frequency of burning and burning on cloudy days. Adolescent attitudes had shifted positively in the areas of staying inside in 1996 [relative risk (RR): 1.13; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.09-1.17] and staying under shade in 1996 (RR: 1.16; 95% CI: 1.13-1.18). Desire for..

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