Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 385–393

Mediating Variables in a Parent Based Intervention to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk in Children

  • Rob Turrisi
  • Joel Hillhouse
  • June K. Robinson
  • Jerod Stapleton
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10865-007-9107-6

Cite this article as:
Turrisi, R., Hillhouse, J., Robinson, J.K. et al. J Behav Med (2007) 30: 385. doi:10.1007/s10865-007-9107-6

Abstract

The present study examined theoretical mediators of a parent-based intervention on sunbathing tendencies and sunburn frequencies based on the work of Turrisi et al. [Turrisi, R., Hillhouse, J., Heavin, S., Robinson, J., Adams, M., & Berry, J. (2004). Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 27, 393–412.]. Three hundred and forty parents in two regions of the United States were educated about the dangers of risky sun behavior and how to convey information about skin cancer prevention to their children. Attitudes toward sunbathing, health beliefs, appearance beliefs, and social normative beliefs were examined and found to be significant mediators of program effects on sunbathing tendencies and sunburn frequencies. The findings are discussed with respect to maximizing the effectiveness of future skin cancer interventions with children.

Keywords

Skin cancer preventionParentsChildrenUV exposureSun exposure

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rob Turrisi
    • 1
  • Joel Hillhouse
    • 2
  • June K. Robinson
    • 3
  • Jerod Stapleton
    • 1
  1. 1.Biobehavioral Health and Prevention Research CenterThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson cityUSA
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA