Sun protection motivational stages and behavior: Skin cancer risk profiles

Sherry L. Pagoto, Dennis E. McChargue, Kristin Schneider, Jessica Werth Cook

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Abstract

Objective: To create skin cancer risk profiles that could be used to predict sun protection among Midwest beachgoers. Method: Cluster analysis was used with study participants (N=239), who provided information about sun protection motivation and behavior, perceived risk, burn potential, and tan importance. Participants were clustered according to their risk profiles; 4 distinct risk profiles emerged. Results: Analyses revealed that risk profiles were significantly different on sun protection motivation and behavior and marginally different in terms of sun tanning behavior. Conclusion: Given the complexity of risk factors, an examination of clusters, rather than factors in isolation, may more accurately depict sun protection behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-541
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

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Keywords

  • Skin cancer
  • Sun protection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Sun protection motivational stages and behavior : Skin cancer risk profiles. / Pagoto, Sherry L.; McChargue, Dennis E.; Schneider, Kristin; Cook, Jessica Werth.

In: American Journal of Health Behavior, Vol. 28, No. 6, 01.01.2004, p. 531-541.

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Pagoto, Sherry L. ; McChargue, Dennis E. ; Schneider, Kristin ; Cook, Jessica Werth. / Sun protection motivational stages and behavior : Skin cancer risk profiles. In: American Journal of Health Behavior. 2004 ; Vol. 28, No. 6. pp. 531-541.
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