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Indoor Tanning and Problem Behavior
Journal of American College Health (2008)
  • Zhanna Bagdasarov
  • Smita Banerjee
  • Kathryn Greene
  • Michelle L. Campo, University of Iowa
Abstract
Objective: The authors examined factors predicting college students' use of tanning beds. Participants and Methods: Undergraduate students (N = 745) at a large Northeastern university participated in the study by answering a survey measuring tanning behavior and other psychosocial variables, including sensation seeking, self-esteem, tanning image beliefs, and friends' tanning bed use. Results: All 3 systems from problem behavior theory predicted past tanning bed use and intention to use tanning beds. The authors observed a positive association between sensation seeking and intention to use tanning beds. Tanning image beliefs were positively associated with both past tanning behavior and intention to use tanning beds. Conclusions: Interventions focusing on friend and acquaintance social network influences may be more effective than health-risk campaigns in reducing tanning bed use.
Keywords
  • problem behavior theory,
  • tanning,
  • skin cancer
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Publication Date
March, 2008
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Citation Information
Zhanna Bagdasarov, Smita Banerjee, Kathryn Greene and Michelle L. Campo. "Indoor Tanning and Problem Behavior" Journal of American College Health Vol. 56 Iss. 5 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michelle_campo/26/