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Am J Health Behav. 2011 Nov;35(6):699-711.

Beliefs and intentions for skin protection and UV exposure in young adults.

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  • 1Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA. carolyn.heckman@fccc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate Fishbein's integrative model in predicting young adults' skin protection, sun exposure, and indoor tanning intentions.

METHODS:

Two hundred twelve participants completed an online survey.

RESULTS:

Damage distress, self-efficacy, and perceived control accounted for 34% of the variance in skin protection intentions. Outcome beliefs and low self-efficacy for sun avoidance accounted for 25% of the variance in sun exposure intentions. Perceived damage, outcome evaluation, norms, and indoor tanning prototype accounted for 32% of the variance in indoor tanning intentions.

CONCLUSIONS:

Future research should investigate whether these variables predict exposure and protection behaviors and whether intervening can reduce young adults' skin cancer risk behaviors.

PMID:
22251761
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PMCID:
PMC3261496
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