"We just want to look good" - A Qualitative Study into Adolescent Girls and Sun Exposure in the United Kingdom

Curtis, Bethany (2008) "We just want to look good" - A Qualitative Study into Adolescent Girls and Sun Exposure in the United Kingdom. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Sun exposure has been identified as the primary cause of the development of skin cancer (Albert & Ostheimer, 2002; Bajdik, 2003, Buller et al, 2006). Adolescents are particularly susceptible as their skin is thinner and more sensitive (Aquilina et al, 2004). Moreover, their reported behaviour (Cinar et al, 2006) denotes them as a high risk population (Clavarino et al, 2005).

This study aims to ascertain whether adolescents in the UK engage in risk regarding sun exposure, exploring influences upon their behaviour. Focus groups were identified as the most suitable method of data collection in consideration of the study objectives. Consequently, five focus groups were undertaken in two secondary schools, consisting of two Year 8 groups, one Year 9 group, and two Year 10 groups.

The study findings were concurrent with the literature reviewed suggesting adolescents to indeed engage in unhealthy patterns of sun exposure. Influences upon behaviour were complex. This included a lack of knowledge; a desire for a tan; a dislike of protective methods; not considering the risk; and the impact of schools, parents, peers, and the media.

The implications of the findings were considered in relation to the nursing role, providing recommendations for practice, and for further research. This highlighted the importance of the school nurse in promoting healthy sun exposure behaviours among adolescents.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: MNursSci, Master of Nursing Science, Qualitative Study, Tanning, Sun Exposure
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2017 16:02
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/22545

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