Sociocultural experiences, body image, and indoor tanning among young adult women

Jerod L. Stapleton, Sharon L. Manne, Kathryn Greene, Katie Darabos, Amanda Carpenter, Shawna V. Hudson, Elliot J. Coups

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The purpose of this survey study was to evaluate a model of body image influences on indoor tanning behavior. Participants were 823 young adult women recruited from a probability-based web panel in the United States. Consistent with our hypothesized model, tanning-related sociocultural experiences were indirectly associated with lifetime indoor tanning use and intentions to tan as mediated through tan surveillance and tan dissatisfaction. Findings suggest the need for targeting body image constructs as mechanisms of behavior change in indoor tanning behavioral interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1582-1590
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported in part by grants from the National Cancer Institute to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (P30 CA072720) and from the National Cancer Institute to Jerod Stapleton (R03 CA165801 and K07 CA175115). The sponsors did not influence the study design, the collection, analysis, or interpretation of data, the writing of the report, or the decision to submit the article for publication.

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  • body image
  • indoor tanning
  • melanoma
  • skin cancer
  • sunbed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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