Appearance motivation, obsessive-compulsive tendencies and excessive suntanning in a community sample

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Measures of appearance motivation, obsessive-compulsive tendencies and tanning attitudes and behavior were completed by 175 adults, ages 16-65, who were approached while suntanning. Participants who scored high in both appearance motivation and obsessive-compulsive tendencies most strongly endorsed the importance of having a tan, spent the most time in the sun, were least likely to use sunscreen and were more likely to use tanning beds. In contrast, low-appearance motivation combined with high obsession-compulsion was associated with safe-sun practices.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Leary, MR; Saltzman, JL; Georgeson, JC

Published Date

  • November 17, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 493 - 499

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1359-1053

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/135910539700200406

Citation Source

  • Scopus