Cognitive rationalizations for tanning-bed use: A preliminary exploration Journal Article


Authors: Banerjee, S. C.; Hay, J. L.; Greene, K.
Article Title: Cognitive rationalizations for tanning-bed use: A preliminary exploration
Abstract: Objectives: To examine construct and predictive utility of an adapted cognitive rationalization scale for tanning-bed use. Methods: Current/former tanning-bedusing undergraduate students (N = 216; 87.6% females; 78.4% white) at a large northeastern university participated in a survey. A cognitive rationalization for tanning-bed use scale was adapted. Standardized self-report measures of past tanning-bed use, advantages of tanning, perceived vulnerability to photoaging, tanning-bed use dependence, and tanning-bed use intention were also administered. Results: The cognitive rationalization scale exhibited strong construct and predictive validity. Current tanners and tanning-bed-use- dependent participants endorsed rationalizations more strongly than did former tanners and not-tanning-bed-use-dependent participants respectively. Conclusions: Findings indicate that cognitive rationalizations help explain discrepancy between inconsistent cognitions.
Keywords: indoor tanning; college students; cognitive dissonance; rationalizations
Journal Title: American Journal of Health Behavior
Volume: 37
Issue: 5
ISSN: 1945-7359
Publisher: PNG Publications  
Date Published: 2013-09-01
Start Page: 577
End Page: 586
Language: English
DOI: 10.5993/ajhb.37.5.1
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC4983772
PUBMED: 23985280
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Notes: --- - "Export Date: 3 June 2013" - "Source: Scopus"
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