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UV light abuse and high-risk tanning behavior among undergraduate college students.

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The failure of skin cancer prevention efforts to alter tanning behaviors may be a result of the addictive nature of UV light.

OBJECTIVE

This study attempts to determine the prevalence of UV light substance-related disorder (SRD).

METHODS

A survey was administered to undergraduate college students. The cut down, annoyed, guilty, eye-opener questionnaire was used to determine existence of SRD.

RESULTS

Of 385 respondents, 12% scored positively on the cut down, annoyed, guilty, eye-opener indicating SRD. Women, indoor tanners, students with tanning family and friends, and frequent tanners were significantly more likely than their peers to score positively.

LIMITATIONS

The small size is a limitation of this study as results may not be generalizable to larger populations. There also may be self-report bias.

CONCLUSIONS

A significant proportion of college students demonstrate evidence of SRD with respect to UV light.

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    University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, USA.

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    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Behavior, Addictive
    Burns
    Cosmetic Techniques
    Female
    Humans
    Incidence
    Male
    Prevalence
    Risk-Taking
    Students
    Surveys and Questionnaires
    Ultraviolet Rays

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    17257709

    Citation

    Poorsattar, Solmaz P., and Robin L. Hornung. "UV Light Abuse and High-risk Tanning Behavior Among Undergraduate College Students." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, vol. 56, no. 3, 2007, pp. 375-9.
    Poorsattar SP, Hornung RL. UV light abuse and high-risk tanning behavior among undergraduate college students. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007;56(3):375-9.
    Poorsattar, S. P., & Hornung, R. L. (2007). UV light abuse and high-risk tanning behavior among undergraduate college students. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 56(3), pp. 375-9.
    Poorsattar SP, Hornung RL. UV Light Abuse and High-risk Tanning Behavior Among Undergraduate College Students. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007;56(3):375-9. PubMed PMID: 17257709.
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