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The Sun Sense Study: An Intervention to Improve Sun Protection in Children

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Objectives : To assess the effect of a multicomponent intervention on parental knowledge, sun avoidance behaviors, and sun protection practices in children 310 years.

Methods : A randomized trial at a pediatric clinic recruited 197 caregiver-child pairs (90 parents). Intervention included a brief presentation and brochure for the parent and educational video and sun protection incentives for the child.

Results : Significant improvements were observed in sun protection practices and parental knowledge but not in sun avoidance behaviors.

Conclusions : Although results support the intervention's effect on parent-child pairs for sun protection practices and parental knowledge, increasing sun avoidance behaviors may require further study.

Keywords: Skin cancer prevention; children; multicomponent intervention; sun protection

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Director, Laughing with Dr Alice: Promoting Heath and Wellness Through Therapeutic Humor, Los Angeles, CA.

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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