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Table 1 SunWise School Education Program – Evaluation of Student Responses, 1999–2002

From: Can an hour or two of sun protection education keep the sunburn away? Evaluation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Sunwise School Program

  5–9 years old 10–12 years old
  % Pre
(n = 1,984)
% Post
(n = 1,567)
% Diff % Pre
(n = 3,147)
% Post
(n = 2,972)
% Diff
Knowledge       
Wearing hat & shirt are ways to protect one from the sun 61.2% 78.7% 17.4% 59.1% 71.9% 12.8%
The right number SPF to use 39.9% 76.5% 36.6% 56.1% 72.2% 16.1%
Sun protection and UV Index 25.9% 56.3% 30.4% 28.1% 55.3% 27.2%
Attitudes       
Suntan is good for my skin 32.5% 26.7% -5.8% 23.6% 18.0% -5.6%
People look healthier with a tan 36.8% 26.9% -9.9% 41.2% 41.1% *-0.1%
Practices       
Wear sunscreen 35.6% 37.9% *2.3% 20.6% 21.1% *0.5%
Wear hats 17.2% 21.4% 4.2% 13.9% 16.3% 2.4%
Wear long-sleeved shirt 26.6% 32.2% 5.6% 18.1% 20.9% 2.7%
Wear sunglasses 25.4% 29.5% 4.1% 19.9% 21.1% *1.2%
Intended Practices       
Do you think you will put on sunscreen this summer 69.2% 74.1% 4.9% 54.9% 57.9% 3.0%
I will try to play in the shade instead of the sun 77.6% 83.5% 5.9% 64.0% 64.6% *0.5%
  1. * Difference is not statistically significant using Z test (% Diff / Pooled variance).