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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Results from an exploratory study of sun protection practice: Implications for the design of health promotion messages
Author(s): Eadie, Douglas
MacAskill, Susan
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Keywords: Health education
Cancer, Skin (body)
Qualitative research
United Kingdom
Issue Date: 2007
Date Deposited: 22-Apr-2015
Citation: Eadie D & MacAskill S (2007) Results from an exploratory study of sun protection practice: Implications for the design of health promotion messages. Health Education, 107 (3), pp. 250-260.
Abstract: Purpose - The primary aim of the research reported here is to provide strategic guidance for the development of a national communication strategy to improve sun protection practice amongst young people. Design/methodology/approach - The research adopted an exploratory approach, employing qualitative focus groups to represent three population groups, mothers, teenagers and young adults living independently of the family home. A total of 12 focus groups were conducted (with six to eight participants per group) in the UK. Participants were recruited door-to-door using quota sampling methods. Findings - Consistent with other studies, awareness of sun protection measures was high compared with actual practice. A number of factors were identified which help to explain this behaviour deficit. These include environment and exposure context, financial cost, understanding of protection process, behavioural influence and control, experiential learning and benefits attached to tanning. Originality/value - While the findings highlight the importance of supporting parents through the provision of information and guidance, they also identified a need to develop initiatives specifically tailored to meet the needs of young people as they achieve independence.
DOI Link: 10.1108/09654280710742555
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