The effect of a school-based intervention on sunbed use in danish pupils at continuation schools: a cluster-randomized controlled trial

Cecilie Aarestrup, Camilla T Bonnesen, Lau C Thygesen, Anne Friis Krarup, Anne B Waagstein, Bent Poul Jensen, Joan Bentzen

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    Abstract

    Purpose To examine the effect of an educational intervention on sunbed use and intentions and attitudes toward sunbed use in 14- to 18-year-olds at continuation schools. Methods We randomized 33 continuation schools either to receive the educational intervention (n = 16) or to be controls (n = 17). Intervention schools received an e-magazine addressing the health risks of sunbed use. Information on behavior and intentions and attitudes toward sunbed use was gathered through self-administrated questionnaires before the intervention and at 6 months as a follow-up. The effect of the intervention was examined by multilevel linear regression and logistic regression. Results Sunbed use was significantly lower at follow-up among pupils at intervention schools versus pupils at control schools (girls: odds ratio.60, 95% confidence interval.42-.86; Boys: odds ratio.58, 95% confidence interval.35-.96). The intervention had no effect on intention to use sunbeds or attitudes toward sunbed use. The analyses revealed a significant impact of school on attitudes toward sunbed; the intraclass correlation coefficient was estimated to be 6.0% and 7.8% for girls and boys, respectively. Conclusions The findings from the present study provide new evidence of a positive effect of an educational intervention on sunbed use among pupils aged 14-18 years at continuation schools.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftJournal of Adolescent Health
    Vol/bind54
    Udgave nummer2
    Sider (fra-til)214–220
    ISSN1054-139X
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - feb. 2014

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