Ultraviolet light (UVL) exposure is believed to play a major role in a wide array of skin diseases that have an enormous functional, psychological, and cosmetic impact. A cross-sectional survey of 303 high school students from an ethnically diverse school district was used to evaluate the roles of ethnicity, gender, and Fitzpatrick skin type (FST) on UVL risk awareness and behavior. Although ethnicity and FST were significantly associated (P<.0001), and Caucasian students with FSTs I and II were more likely to experience sunburn during the summer than students from other ethnic groups (P<.0001), FST was not predictive of sunburn recall by Hispanic students (P=.12). Female students had less weekend sun exposure than males (P=.020) and used more sunscreen (P=.004), but paradoxically reported more sunburns (P=.018). Ethnicity, gender, and FST are all important variables for understanding and addressing UVL risk awareness and behavior in high school students.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2006|
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