A Survey of Sun Protection Policy and Education in Secondary Schools
Community and Global Health (CGU)
Dermatology | Health Policy | Medicine and Health Sciences
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations for school programs to reduce skin cancer.
Personnel at US secondary schools were surveyed to describe sun protection policy and education before the CDC recommendations.
School principals or other personnel at 484 secondary schools in 27 cities responded to a telephone survey in January and February 2002 (response rate = 31%).
A sun protection policy was reported at 10% of the schools, but sun protection education occurred at nearly all schools (96%). Policies were more prevalent in regions with high ultraviolet radiation (P < .0001), but education was not. Many personnel were willing to adopt a policy (41%) and interested in obtaining a sun safety curriculum (96%).
Self-report measures, nonresponse, and new schools not in the sampling frame.
Sun protection was a low policy priority for US schools. Sun safety education was prevalent, but written materials were used infrequently. A substantial proportion of school personnel were receptive to the CDC's advice.
© 2006 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc.
Buller DB, Buller MK, Reynolds KD. A survey of sun protection education and policy in secondary schools. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 54:427-432, 2006