Indoor Tanning and Problem BehaviorJournal of American College Health (2008)
AbstractObjective: 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.
- problem behavior theory,
- skin cancer
Publication DateMarch, 2008
Citation InformationZhanna 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/