The effects of a skin cancer educational intervention on beliefs, knowledge and behaviours of outdoor workers in the tropics
Paine, Lesley E., and Caltabiano, Marie L. (2004) The effects of a skin cancer educational intervention on beliefs, knowledge and behaviours of outdoor workers in the tropics. eTropic, 3 (2). pp. 1-11.
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Recent research has linked some forms of skin cancer with ultraviolet radiation from constant sun exposure. Outdoor workers represent an 'at risk' group as daily exposure to the sun's harmful rays is a necessary part of their occupations. This study assessed changes in beliefs, knowledge and behaviours of outdoor workers in North Queensland towards skin cancer. A total of 40 outdoor workers participated in the study. A quasi-experimental repeated measures design with a treatment and control group was used. Subjects in the treatment group were exposed to an educational intervention explaining the danger of skin cancer and ways that the disease could be prevented. Results indicated that in comparison to the control group, subjects who received the educational intervention reported greater levels of sun protection behaviour, had increased knowledge about the disease and reported changes in their beliefs concerning skin cancer. Changes were assessed by using a sun safety questionnaire. Results of this research are of value to the Queensland Cancer Fund, Government Health Promotion Departments and numerous companies that employ outdoor workers in the tropics.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||outdoor workers; skin cancer; skin cancer education; sun protection; tropics|
|Date Deposited:||02 Dec 2011 01:59|
|FoR Codes:||17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 49%