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Girlguides’ awareness of and attitudes towards the risks of the sun and sun-protection behaviours

Griffiths, Emily, OWEN, Alison and TAYLOR, Jennifer (2021) Girlguides’ awareness of and attitudes towards the risks of the sun and sun-protection behaviours. British Journal of Child Health. ISSN 2633-5417 (In Press)

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This study was designed to explore Girlguiding members’ awareness of and attitudes towards the sun and sun-protection behaviours. Girlguides represent a particularly important group for exploring awareness and attitudes, not only because of their adolescent age range but also the time spent participating in a variety of outdoor activities. Two focus groups were facilitated, with a total of ten participants between the ages of 12 and 18. Four themes were identified following thematic analysis of the data, which capture the awareness and attitudes of the participants: 1) Uncertainty over the specifics, 2) The importance of the influence of others, 3) Tanned appearance = positive, and 4) The importance of increased education. Implications of the research include a need for further education in schools and at home, as well as in groups such as Girlguiding, so that young people, especially adolescent girls, understand the importance of protecting themselves from UV radiation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Child Health, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see [journal link]."
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescents, Sun protection, UV Exposure, Skin cancer, Awareness, Attitudes, Qualitative
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Alison OWEN
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2021 08:38
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2021 01:38
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6931

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