Peer crowd identification and indoor artificial UV tanning behavioral tendencies

Jerod Stapleton, Rob Turrisi, Joel Hillhouse

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Abstract

In this study, the relation between peer crowd identification and indoor tanning behavioral tendencies was examined. Participants were 174 undergraduate students at a large university in the USA. Results indicated peer crowd identification was significantly associated with indoor artificial UV tanning behavioral tendencies (attitudes, normative beliefs, past year use and intentions) independent of gender and skin type. Participants who identified with the popular peer crowd were at the greatest risk for indoor tanning UV exposure while identification with the brain crowd was protective against such behavior. The findings are discussed in terms of implications for future skin cancer intervention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)940-945
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume13
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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