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Self-Reported changes in sun-protection behaviors at different latitudes in Australia


Djaja, N and Janda, M and Lucas, RM and Harrison, SL and van der Mei, I and Ebeling, PR and Neale, RE and Whiteman, DC and Nowak, M and Kimlin, MG, Self-Reported changes in sun-protection behaviors at different latitudes in Australia, Photochemistry and Photobiology, 92, (3) pp. 495-502. ISSN 0031-8655 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/php.12582


Sun exposure is the most important source of vitamin D, but is also a risk factor for skin cancer. This study investigated attitudes toward vitamin D, and changes in sun-exposure behavior due to concern about adequate vitamin D. Participants (n = 1002) were recruited from four regions of Australia and completed self- and interviewer-administered surveys. Chi-square tests were used to assess associations between participants' latitude of residence, vitamin D-related attitudes and changes in sun-exposure behaviors during the last summer. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were used to model the association between attitudes and behaviors. Overall, people who worried about their vitamin D status were more likely to have altered sun protection and spent more time in the sun people not concerned about vitamin D. Concern about vitamin D was also more common with increasing latitude. Use of novel item response theory analysis highlighted the potential impact of self-reported behavior change on skin cancer predisposition due concern to vitamin. This cross-sectional study shows that the strongest determinants of self-reported sun-protection behavior changes due to concerns about vitamin D were attitudes and location, with people at higher latitudes worrying more.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Nervous System and Disorders
UTAS Author:van der Mei, I (Associate Professor Ingrid van der Mei)
ID Code:109333
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-06-08
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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