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My child did not like using sun protection: practices and perceptions of child sun protection among rural Black African mothers

Kunene, Zamantimande; Albers, Patricia N; Lucas, Robyn; Banwell, Cathy; Mathee, Angela; Wright, Caradee Y.

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Background: Photodamage is partially mitigated by darker skin pigmentation, but immune suppression, photoaging and cataracts occur among individuals with all skin types. Methods: To assess practices and acceptability to Black African mothers of sun protection equipment for their children living in a rural area, participants were recruited at the time of their child’s 18-month vaccinations. Mothers completed a baseline questionnaire on usual sun behaviours and sun protection practices. They...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKunene, Zamantimande
dc.contributor.authorAlbers, Patricia N
dc.contributor.authorLucas, Robyn
dc.contributor.authorBanwell, Cathy
dc.contributor.authorMathee, Angela
dc.contributor.authorWright, Caradee Y.
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-20T20:57:24Z
dc.date.available2020-12-20T20:57:24Z
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/218252
dc.description.abstractBackground: Photodamage is partially mitigated by darker skin pigmentation, but immune suppression, photoaging and cataracts occur among individuals with all skin types. Methods: To assess practices and acceptability to Black African mothers of sun protection equipment for their children living in a rural area, participants were recruited at the time of their child’s 18-month vaccinations. Mothers completed a baseline questionnaire on usual sun behaviours and sun protection practices. They were then provided with sun protection equipment and advice. A follow-up questionnaire was administered two weeks later. Results: Mothers reported that during the week prior to the baseline questionnaire, children spent on average less than 1 hour of time outdoors (most often spent in the shade). Most mothers (97%) liked the sun protection equipment. However, many (78 of 86) reported that their child did not like any of the sun protection equipment and two-thirds stated that the sun protection equipment was not easy to use. Conclusions: Among Black Africans in rural northern South Africa, we found a mismatch between parental preferences and child acceptance for using sun protection when outdoors. A better understanding of the health risks of incidental excess sun exposure and potential benefits of sun protection is required among Black Africans.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd.
dc.sourceBMC Public Health
dc.titleMy child did not like using sun protection: practices and perceptions of child sun protection among rural Black African mothers
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume17
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor111706 - Epidemiology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4492120xPUB168
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKunene, Zamantimande, South African Medical Research Council, Johannesburg, South Africa
local.contributor.affiliationAlbers, Patricia N, South African Medical Research Council
local.contributor.affiliationLucas, Robyn, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBanwell, Cathy, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMathee, Angela , South African Medical Research Council, Johannesburg, South Africa
local.contributor.affiliationWright, Caradee Y., South African Medical Research Council and University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
local.bibliographicCitation.issue677
local.identifier.doi10.1186/s12889-017-4688-7
local.identifier.absseo920204 - Evaluation of Health Outcomes
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T10:51:39Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85028362836
local.identifier.thomsonID000408765500001
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