Outdoor ultraviolet exposure of children and adolescents

B. L. Diffey, C. J. Gibson, Richard Haylock, A. F. Mckinlay

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The weekday and weekend outdoor-ultraviolet exposure of young people from primary and secondary schools in three geographically distinct regions of England was determined over a 3-month period in summer. Ultraviolet exposure was measured using personal film badges worn by each young person, and time spent outdoors, in hourly intervals, assessed using exposure records. In each area a class of 9-10-year-old children from a primary school and a class of 14-15-year-old adolescents from a secondary school took part, giving a total of 180 subjects. We found that primary school children received higher outdoor ultraviolet exposure than young people in secondary schools, and geographical differences in exposure could not be accounted for solely by differences in ambient ultraviolet. There was little difference between the exposure of males and females. Children and adolescents did not behave as homogeneous groups with regard to exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1030-1034
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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