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Research Letter
January 2017

Black and Hispanic Caregivers’ Behaviors, Motivations, and Barriers to Sun Protection in Children Aged 4 to 12 Years in Miami, Florida

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
  • 2Department of Communication Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(1):97-99. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.3505

Major shortcomings in efforts to prevent skin cancer in minority communities include increased incidence of melanoma and higher rates of mortality.1 Culture, socioeconomic factors, knowledge and awareness of skin cancer, and perceived risk may account for these disparities.2 Limited studies of sun protective practices in caregivers of black and Hispanic children exist.3,4 We compare black, Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic white caregivers’ behaviors, motivations, and barriers to sun protection in children aged 4 to 12 years in Miami, Florida. This information is imperative to understanding family-based factors that can lead to lifelong, habitual sun safety behaviors.

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