Geographical differences in primary schoolchildren's key sun-related behaviours

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dc.contributor.author Wright, C.Y. (Caradee)
dc.contributor.author Albers, P.N. (Patricia Nicole)
dc.contributor.author Oosthuizen, Maria Aletta
dc.contributor.author Naidoo, Mogesh
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-14T07:25:47Z
dc.date.issued 2016-02
dc.description.abstract South Africa receives high levels of solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Exposure to UVR has beneficial and harmful effects, the most common of which are vitamin D synthesis and skin cancer, respectively. Acute exposure during childhood is a known risk factor for melanoma. In South Africa where skin cancers account for a third of all histopathologically diagnosed cancers, information on behaviour patterns and protection use is needed to inform awareness campaigns. Hence, this article aimed to perform an exploratory, feasibility study on the sun-related behaviours of urban primary schoolchildren by province. In general, use of sun protection was inconsistent and 52% of children reported sunburn. Generally, children from schools in the eastern part of the country self-reported higher incidence of suntan and sunburn compared to the western half. Similarly, children in Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and North-West tended to use sun protection more often compared to the remaining provinces, although hat/cap usage and clothing were comparably high in the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively. Children in the Western Cape had a high incidence of sunburn and amongst the lowest use of sun protection; this province is also known to have skin cancer incidence rates as high as those in Australia. While results are not representative of all of South Africa, they provide some indication that there is much to be done to raise levels of sunrelated knowledge and tailor safe sun behaviours. en_ZA
dc.description.department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2017-08-31
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rsag20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Wright, CY, Albers, PN, Oosthuizen, MA & Naidoo, M 2016, 'Geographical differences in primary schoolchildren's key sun-related behaviours', South African Geographical Journal, vol. 98, no. 2, pp. 199-216. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0373-6245 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2151-2418 (online)
dc.identifier.other http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03736245.2014.978882
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/53102
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014 Society of South African Geographers. This is an electronic version of an article published in South African Geographical Journal, vol. 98, no. 2, pp. 199-216, 2016. doi : 10.1080/03736245.2014.978882. South African Geographical Journal is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rsag20. en_ZA
dc.subject Sun protection en_ZA
dc.subject Sun exposure en_ZA
dc.subject Schoolchildren en_ZA
dc.subject Behaviour en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) en_ZA
dc.title Geographical differences in primary schoolchildren's key sun-related behaviours en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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