An Appearance-Based Intervention to Reduce Teen Skin Cancer Risk
The project is designed to improve the understanding of, and ability to affect UV risk
behavior in teenage populations. The International Agency for Research in Cancer classifies
indoor tanning as "carcinogenic to humans." There is evidence that female indoor tanning use
increases dramatically from freshman to senior years of high school (e.g., 25-40% of older
high school girls) making high school a critical time period for anti-tanning interventions
to be carried out. This proposal assesses the effectiveness of a skin cancer prevention
website for a nationally representative sample of high school teens in a randomized
controlled trial. Teens exposed to the website will report reduced indoor tanning
intentions, frequency and overall percentage of users while increasing sun protective
behaviors at long-term (i.e 18 month) follow-up.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Prevention
Indoor Tanning Behavior
Self-report measure of the number of times the teenager has indoor tanned over 3, 6, 12 and 18 month time periods. The self-report measure has been validated in previous studies.
Joel J Hillhouse, Ph.D.
East Tennessee State University
United States: Institutional Review Board
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