Journal article

Trends in sun protection behaviour among Australian young adults

PE Schofield, JL Freeman, HG Dixon, R Borland, DJ Hill

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC AUSTRALIA INC | Published : 2001

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To study changes in sun protection behaviour, exposure and sunburn that occur from late adolescence to young adulthood. METHOD: A longitudinal design was used to survey a cohort on their sun-protection behaviour from the middle of their final year at school to more than three years after finishing school. RESULTS: Males reported higher exposure, less use of sunscreen and deeper tans than females. Yet males wore hats more frequently. People with skin that just burnt were more likely to protect themselves from the sun than people with skin that tanned. Longitudinally, the level of reported exposure and the depth of tan declined, frequency of covering up, hat wearing and sunscreen us..

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