2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

Truman Skin Health Research
Michalina Tomczak* and Alexa Kuenzel
Dr. Janice Clark, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between skin health knowledge and behavior among college students at a small, highly selective liberal arts university in the Midwest. It was hypothesized females would have greater knowledge about skin health than males, and utilize sun protection behavior habits. After IRB approval, a 64-question survey was administered to and completed by 374 undergraduate students (106 males and 268 females). Females scored higher (m=13.59, p=.00) on knowledge of skin health compared to males (m=11.94). However, females tanned more and used sunscreen more often than did males. In conclusion, while females had greater knowledge on skin health, their sun health behavioral habits were similar to the males. The results of this study were used to implement a campus skin health awareness week prior to spring break, and will be the focus of future skin health education efforts on campus.

Keywords: Skin, Health, Gender, Knowledge, Behavior

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Special Request

Session: -5
Location: MG 1098
Time: 2:00

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