Brief report: Ultraviolet radiation exposure, considering acculturation among hispanics (Project URECAH)

Carolyn J. Heckman, Jessye Cohen-Filipic

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Very few studies have examined acculturation of Hispanics as it relates to skin cancer prevention attitudes and behaviors. This pilot study used the Abbreviated Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans-II to classify 14- 25-year-old Hispanics as traditional, bicultural, or acculturated. More acculturated individuals reported significantly higher perceived benefits of ultraviolet radiation exposure and lower worry about skin damage than traditional individuals. Bicultural individuals reported using sunscreen significantly more often than acculturated individuals. These preliminary data suggest that more acculturated Hispanic young adults may demonstrate riskier skin cancer-related attitudes and behaviors than others.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)342-346
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


  • Acculturation
  • Hispanics
  • Prevention
  • Skin cancer


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