An initial study of behavioral addiction symptom severity and demand for indoor tanning

Amel Becirevic, Derek D. Reed, Michael Amlung, James G. Murphy, Jerod L. Stapleton, Joel J. Hillhouse

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Indoor tanning remains a popular activity in Western cultures despite a growing body of literature suggesting its link to skin cancer and melanoma. Advances in indoor tanning research have illuminated problematic patterns of its use. With problems such as difficulty quitting, devoting resources toward its use at the expense of healthy activities, and excessive motivation and urges to tan, symptoms of excessive indoor tanning appear consistent with behavioral addiction. The present study bridges the gap between clinical approaches to understanding indoor tanning problems and behavioral economic considerations of unhealthy habits and addiction. Eighty undergraduate females completed both the Behavioral Addiction Indoor Tanning Screener and the Tanning Purchase Task. Results suggest that behavioral economic demand for tanning significantly differs between risk classification groups, providing divergent validity to the Behavioral Addiction Indoor Tanning Screener and offering additional evidence of the sensitivity of the Tanning Purchase Task to differentiating groups according to tanning profiles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-352
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Derek D. Reed’s role was partially supported by the University of Kansas New Faculty General Research Fund allocation 2302290 and General Research Fund allocation 2301722. Michael Amlung’s role was partially supported by the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research. The authors thank Brent A. Kaplan and Brett W. Gelino for their assistance in data analysis.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 American Psychological Association.


  • Addiction
  • Behavioral addiction
  • Behavioral economics
  • Demand
  • Indoor tanning
  • Skin cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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