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J Health Psychol. 2016 Jul;21(7):1261-70. doi: 10.1177/1359105314551621. Epub 2014 Oct 15.

Tanning and beauty: Mother and teenage daughters in discussion.

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1
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA hayj@mskcc.org.
2
Harvard School of Public Health, USA.
3
Adelphi University, USA.
4
The New School for Social Research, USA.
5
The Framingham School District, USA.
6
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA.

Abstract

Tanning increases dramatically through the teenage years, but the family context of this health risk behavior is relatively unstudied. We conducted videotaped conversations between teenage girls (10th and 11th grade) and their mothers. We developed a coding system for discussion content and highlight findings including inadequate knowledge concerning the harms of tanning and positive views of outdoor tanning over indoor tanning, yet agreement that all tans are attractive. Many teens believed that indoor tanning is sometimes necessary to achieve the tanned look. These findings can usefully guide intervention development regarding the harms of all tanning, rather than indoor or outdoor tanning specifically.

KEYWORDS:

cancer; children; family; health behavior; risk

PMID:
25318997
PMCID:
PMC5498005
DOI:
10.1177/1359105314551621
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