Social cognitive correlates of young adult sport competitors' sunscreen use

Berndt, Nadine C., O'Riordan, David L., Winkler, Elisabeth, McDermott, Liane, Spathonis, Kym and Owen, Neville (2011) Social cognitive correlates of young adult sport competitors' sunscreen use. Health Education & Behavior, 38 1: 6-14. doi:10.1177/1090198110367996

Author Berndt, Nadine C.
O'Riordan, David L.
Winkler, Elisabeth
McDermott, Liane
Spathonis, Kym
Owen, Neville
Title Social cognitive correlates of young adult sport competitors' sunscreen use
Journal name Health Education & Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1090-1981
Publication date 2011-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1090198110367996
Volume 38
Issue 1
Start page 6
End page 14
Total pages 9
Place of publication Thousand Oaks CA , United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Young adults participating in outdoor sports represent a high-risk group for excessive sun exposure. The purpose of this study was to identify modifiable social cognitive correlates of sunscreen use among young adult competitors. Participants aged 18 to 30 years who competed in soccer (n = 65), surf-lifesaving (n = 63), hockey (n = 61), and tennis (n = 48) completed a sun habits survey. Almost half (n = 113) of the participants used sunscreen inadequately and 30% (n = 70) reported not using sunscreen. In fully adjusted models, social cognitive attributes significantly (p < .05) associated with inadequate sunscreen use (vs. nonuse) included skin cancer risk perceptions (OR = 0.6, 95% CI = 0.3, 1.0), perceived barriers to sunscreen use (OR = 0.5, 95% CI = 0.3, 0.9), and stronger personal norms for applying sunscreen (OR = 1.8, 95% CI = 1.0, 3.2). These findings provide insight into the attributes that enable or inhibit the use of sunscreen among young competitors and as a result may be useful in informing behavior change interventions within the sporting context.
Keyword Sunscreen use
Physical activity
Young adults
UVR exposure
Skin cancer
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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