Psychometric Testing of the Turkish Version of the Skin Cancer and Sun Knowledge Scale in Nursing Students

ÖZTÜRK HANEY M., Bahar Z., Beser A., Arkan G., CENGİZ B.

JOURNAL OF CANCER EDUCATION, vol.33, no.1, pp.21-28, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s13187-016-1041-2
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.21-28
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The present study aimed assesses the nursing students' knowledge of skin cancer and sun and their sun protection behaviors. This descriptive cross-sectional study was performed from May to June 2014 with a convenience sample of 376 undergraduate nursing students from one nursing faculty located in Izmir. Mean age of the students was 21.56 +/- 1.96 years. The mean score that the females obtained from the level of knowledge and protection behaviors scales was significantly higher than that of the males. Older age group (>= 22 years) obtained higher scores on the knowledge and protection behaviors scales than younger group (<= 21 years). Nursing students' knowledge of, and behavior regarding, skin cancer and sun health were insufficient. Equipping them with the necessary knowledge and behaviors related to skin cancer and sun health by developing training programs and strategies on the issue is of utmost importance.