Adolescents appear to be obsessed with tanning. Approximately a third of both adolescents and adults report sunbathing. Approximately 20% of adolescents report ever using artifcial UV tanning devices, with 15% currently using them. Tanning attitudes appear similar for adolescents and adults. The top three reasons for tanning included beliefs that a tan makes them more comfortable socializing with friends, looks better and is attractive. The top reason for using artifcial UV tanning devices is also aesthetics, followed by relaxation. Other reasons for using artifcial UV tanning devices include vacation preparation and to gain a protective base. Attitudes related to appearance that result in more frequent tanning may be diffcult to change.
- Public health
- Skin cancer (skin neoplasm)
- Ultraviolet rays
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health