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Risky business: Behaviors associated with indoor tanning in US high school students.
Dermatol Online J 2017; 23(9)DO

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Understanding of associations between indoor tanning and risky health related behaviors such as sexual activity and substance abuse among high school students across the United States is incomplete.

OBJECTIVE

To identify risky health related behaviors among high school students utilizing indoor tanning and analyze differences between state specific data.

METHODS

Results from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) 2013 in 14 different states were analyzed. Participants were 90,414 high school students. Responses to questions assessing indoor tanning habits, sexual activity, and use of substances were analyzed.

RESULTS

Sexual activity was associated with indoor tanning in 10 of 14 states, with Nebraska having the strongest association (adjusted odds ratio, 3.8; 95% CI, 2.4-6.2; p<0.001). Indoor tanning was also associated with use of alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, prescription medications, and cigarettes.

LIMITATIONS

Only 15 states asked students about their personal history of indoor tanning use, and Minnesota was excluded from our analysis as they administered a non-YRBS questionnaire. Additionally, our study only analyzed results from the 2013 YRBS. Lastly, our data was analyzed in 14 individual data sets, giving a high likelihood of Type 1 error.

CONCLUSIONS

High school students utilizing indoor tanning are more likely to engage in sexual activity and substance abuse as compared to students who do not utilize indoor tanning.

Authors+Show Affiliations

No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableDepartment of Dermatology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado Dermatology Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, Colorado, Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado. robert.dellavalle@ucdenver.edu.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29469714

Citation

Chapman, Stephanie, et al. "Risky Business: Behaviors Associated With Indoor Tanning in US High School Students." Dermatology Online Journal, vol. 23, no. 9, 2017.
Chapman S, Ashack K, Bell E, et al. Risky business: Behaviors associated with indoor tanning in US high school students. Dermatol Online J. 2017;23(9).
Chapman, S., Ashack, K., Bell, E., Sendelweck, M. A., & Dellavalle, R. (2017). Risky business: Behaviors associated with indoor tanning in US high school students. Dermatology Online Journal, 23(9).
Chapman S, et al. Risky Business: Behaviors Associated With Indoor Tanning in US High School Students. Dermatol Online J. 2017 Sep 15;23(9) PubMed PMID: 29469714.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Risky business: Behaviors associated with indoor tanning in US high school students. AU - Chapman,Stephanie, AU - Ashack,Kurt, AU - Bell,Eric, AU - Sendelweck,Myra Ann, AU - Dellavalle,Robert, Y1 - 2017/09/15/ PY - 2017/09/20/received PY - 2017/09/20/accepted PY - 2018/2/23/entrez PY - 2018/2/23/pubmed PY - 2018/9/6/medline JF - Dermatology online journal JO - Dermatol. Online J. VL - 23 IS - 9 N2 - BACKGROUND: Understanding of associations between indoor tanning and risky health related behaviors such as sexual activity and substance abuse among high school students across the United States is incomplete. OBJECTIVE: To identify risky health related behaviors among high school students utilizing indoor tanning and analyze differences between state specific data. METHODS: Results from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) 2013 in 14 different states were analyzed. Participants were 90,414 high school students. Responses to questions assessing indoor tanning habits, sexual activity, and use of substances were analyzed. RESULTS: Sexual activity was associated with indoor tanning in 10 of 14 states, with Nebraska having the strongest association (adjusted odds ratio, 3.8; 95% CI, 2.4-6.2; p<0.001). Indoor tanning was also associated with use of alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, prescription medications, and cigarettes. LIMITATIONS: Only 15 states asked students about their personal history of indoor tanning use, and Minnesota was excluded from our analysis as they administered a non-YRBS questionnaire. Additionally, our study only analyzed results from the 2013 YRBS. Lastly, our data was analyzed in 14 individual data sets, giving a high likelihood of Type 1 error. CONCLUSIONS: High school students utilizing indoor tanning are more likely to engage in sexual activity and substance abuse as compared to students who do not utilize indoor tanning. SN - 1087-2108 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29469714/Risky_business:_Behaviors_associated_with_indoor_tanning_in_US_high_school_students_ L2 - http://escholarship.org/uc/item/9pj4r3kv DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -