An Appearance-Based Intervention to Reduce Teen Skin Cancer Risk (iSTART)

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East Tennessee State University

Status

Completed

Conditions

Skin Cancer

Treatments

Behavioral: Appearance-Focused Website Intervention
Behavioral: Control Website

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01508013
1R01CA134891-01A2

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of this study is to determine whether a skin cancer prevention website is effective at reduce female teenagers' desire to use indoor tanning and ultimately their use of indoor tanning over an 18 month period.

Full description

The project is designed to improve the understanding of, and ability to affect UV risk behavior in teenage populations. The International Agency for Research in Cancer classifies indoor tanning as "carcinogenic to humans." There is evidence that female indoor tanning use increases dramatically from freshman to senior years of high school (e.g., 25-40% of older high school girls) making high school a critical time period for anti-tanning interventions to be carried out. This proposal assesses the effectiveness of a skin cancer prevention website for a nationally representative sample of high school teens in a randomized controlled trial. Teens exposed to the website will report reduced indoor tanning intentions, frequency and overall percentage of users while increasing sun protective behaviors at long-term (i.e 18 month) follow-up.

Enrollment

443 patients

Sex

Female

Ages

12 to 18 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Teenager between 12 and 18 years old; has either indoor tanned in the past year or has indicated their intentions to indoor tan in the coming year.

Exclusion criteria

None other than not meeting inclusion criteria.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Prevention

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Double Blind

443 participants in 2 patient groups

Appearance-Focused Website Intervention
Experimental group
Description:
This is a Internet-based appearance-focused prevention intervention based on the Behavioral Alternatives Model.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Appearance-Focused Website Intervention
Control Website
Active Comparator group
Description:
Control participants viewed an Internet site designed to provide drug and alcohol education for teens.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Control Website

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