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A Brief Facial Morphing Intervention to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial

Blashill, AJ and Rooney, B and Lumberto, CM and Gonzalez, M and Grogan, S (2018) A Brief Facial Morphing Intervention to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Body Image, 25. pp. 177-185. ISSN 1740-1445 (In Press)

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Abstract

The current study was designed to test the efficacy of an appearance-based facial morphing program to reduce intentional UV exposure among individuals at risk for skin cancer. A three-arm randomized controlled trial was employed (N = 219) comparing facial morphing + health information to: (1) mindfulness + health information; and (2) health information only. Participants were young adults with a history of recent intentional tanning and future intentions to tan. Primary outcomes were indoor and outdoor tanning frequency and tanning intentions, with secondary outcomes of tanning attitudes, body image, and affect. Facial morphing participants reported less frequent tanning, compared to mindfulness and control participants at 1-month follow-up. Facial morphing participants also generally reported lower intentions to tan at immediate follow-up, although the magnitude of these effects weakened at 1-month follow-up. Facial morphing programs may offer a brief, efficacious, and scalable augmentation to standard of care in reducing intentional UV exposure.

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