Create Account | Sign In: Author or Forum

 
News  |  Journals  |  Conferences  |  Opinion  |  Articles  |  Forums  |  Twitter    
 
Category: Dermatology | Family Medicine | Internal Medicine | Journal

Back to Journal Articles

Danger Ubiquity Rationalization Endorsed by Tanning Bed Users

Last Updated: June 19, 2012.

 

College students endorse rationalization that normalizes dangers of tanning bed use

Share |

Comments: (0)

Tell-a-Friend

 

  Related
 
Despite medical evidence of the potential hazards of tanning beds, current tanning bed users strongly endorse danger ubiquity rationalizations, according to a research letter published in the June issue of the Archives of Dermatology.

TUESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Despite medical evidence of the potential hazards of tanning beds, current tanning bed users strongly endorse danger ubiquity rationalizations, according to a research letter published in the June issue of the Archives of Dermatology.

To identify the cognitive rationalizations that justify tanning bed use despite awareness of the risks, Smita C. Banerjee, Ph.D., from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and colleagues surveyed 551 undergraduates aged 25 years or younger. An adapted cognitive rationalization scale was used and responses ranged from strongly disagree to strongly agree. Three a priori factors for rationalization of use were examined: skeptical rationalization (users do not believe medical evidence about tanning bed use and disease); worth-it rationalizations (users consider tanning bed use worthwhile in spite of the potential hazards); and danger ubiquity rationalizations (normalization of the dangers of tanning bed use because of the ubiquity of risks).

The researchers found that 39.6 percent of participants had ever used tanning beds. Of these 218 participants, 87.6 percent were women, and the mean age was 19.98 years. There was a high endorsement of danger ubiquity rationalizations that normalize the dangers of tanning bed use.

"The results indicated that current tanners endorse danger ubiquity rationalizations most strongly, but other rationalizations are endorsed moderately, suggesting the need for more qualitative work to uncover other rationalizations," the authors conclude.

Full Text

Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Previous: Fatigue Linked to COPD Severity, Risk of Hospitalization Next: High Future Coronary Event Risk in Chronic Kidney Disease

Reader comments on this article are listed below. Review our comments policy.


Submit your opinion:

Name:

Email:

Location:

URL:

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)
 

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

 
     

 advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)

 

 

Useful Sites
MediLexicon
  Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us
Copyright © 2001-2014
Doctors Lounge.
All rights reserved.

Medical Reference:
Diseases | Symptoms
Drugs | Labs | Procedures
Software | Tutorials

Advertising
Links | Humor
Forum Archive
CME | Conferences

Privacy Statement
Terms & Conditions
Editorial Board
About us | Email

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.