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

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

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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Intention*
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Risk-Taking
  • Self Efficacy
  • Skin Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Skin Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Sunburn / drug therapy
  • Sunburn / prevention & control*
  • Sunscreening Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Young Adult

Substances

  • Sunscreening Agents