Sun Protection Attitudes and Behaviours Among First Generation Australians with Darker Skin Types: Results from Focus Groups

Jamie Bryant, Alison Zucca, Irena Brozek, Vanessa Rock, Billie Bonevski

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Abstract

Despite residing in a country that has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, little is known about the knowledge, attitudes and sun protection practices of first generation Australian-born individuals with olive and darker skin types. Six focus groups with first generation Australian-born individuals of Asian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian background were conducted. Participants had good knowledge of the dangers of skin cancer. Most correctly perceived darker skin types as protective and believed they were at low risk of skin cancer. Most participants could recall high profile mass media sun protection campaigns. Several participants suggested that greater representation of ethnic minorities and/or individuals with darker skin types would increase the personal relevance of campaigns. Beliefs that sun protection is not necessary on the basis of skin type highlights the need for further studies to explore fundamental differences in attitudes and practices between those with olive and darker skin and the general Australian population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-254
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Darker skin types
  • Knowledge
  • Skin neoplasms
  • Sun exposure

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