Tanning bed perception survey: A questionnaire-based study

Jerry Brewer, Donna Mcquinn, Christine Lohse, John Hassani

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Objective: This study was intended to investigate the perception of tanning bed use among college students. Design: A 15-question survey was given to young adults regarding tanning perceptions. Setting: Rochester Community College in Rochester, Minnesota. Participants: Forty-four respondents between 18 and 51 years of age. Measurements: Data was collected via a self-reported questionnaire. Results: In this study, 50 percent of participants were not educated on the risks of melanoma, and 68 percent were not interested in receiving information on melanoma and completing a follow-up survey. More specifically, 63 percent versus 89 percent of participants with no tanning bed versus some tanning bed use did not want information regarding melanoma, respectively. This study also shows that more tanning bed users believe tanning helps prevent burning than non-tanning bed users. Fifty-seven percent of the 35 participants who had never used a tanning bed thought that they never prevent sunburn, while only 11 percent of the nine participants who had used a tanning bed in the past thought that they never prevent sunburn, which was statistically significant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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