A survey of sun protection policy and education in secondary schools

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Background: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations for school programs to reduce skin cancer. Objective: Personnel at US secondary schools were surveyed to describe sun protection policy and education before the CDC recommendations. Methods: 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%). Results: 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%). Limitations: Self-report measures, nonresponse, and new schools not in the sampling frame. Conclusion: 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 by the American Academy of Dermatology, Inc.

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Buller, D. B., Buller, M. K., & Reynolds, K. D. (2006). A survey of sun protection policy and education in secondary schools. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 54(3), 427–432. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2005.11.1030

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