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From knowledge to action regulation: modeling the cognitive prerequisites of sun screen use in australian and uk samples

Jones, F., Abraham, C., Harris, P., Schulz, J. and Chrispin, C. (2001) From knowledge to action regulation: modeling the cognitive prerequisites of sun screen use in australian and uk samples. Psychology and Health, 16 (2). pp. 191-206. ISSN 0887-0446

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Abstract

Sun protective cognition and behaviour was studied on beaches in Australia (n =113) and in the UK (n = 376). Cognition measures based on social psychological models, including the Theory of Planned Behaviour, were used to construct a model of sunscreen use. Path analysis showed that knowledge, norms, perceived threat, self-efficacy and perceived importance of short-term negative consequences of sun exposure accounted for 44% of the variance in intentions to use sunscreen. A measure of prior planning contributed as much to the prediction of behaviour as did intentions and there was support for both a moderating and a mediating influence of planning on intention. The results support theoretical proposals that post-decisional cognitions should be added to current theoretical models and have implications for intervention design.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Skin cancer; sun protection; sunscreen; Theory of Planned Behaviour; planning
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Department of Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 13:11
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2009 13:11
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870440108405499
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/08870440108405499
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9925

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