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Tanning on Campus

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Title: Tanning on Campus
Author(s): Ziberna, Tracy
Contributor(s): Lev, Danya
Subject(s): Tanning health self image beauty confidence body image KIN442 S08
Abstract: Our hypothesis was that there is a stigma attached to those that tan on campus and that type of person can be found associated with certain types of campus organizations. More specifically tanning is thought to be influenced by peer pressure/gaining of popularity in campus groups. The questions researched in this study were: Who uses tanning beds on campus? Specifically does age, club associations, gender, etc., factors play a role? Is this campus helping or hindering students from looking at the risks of campus? Through interviewing salon mangers, a doctor, tanning students, and non-tanning students we concluded that females are more likely to tan than males of campus. We also found out that many students believed that tanning can be unsafe, but students still participate in tanning to improve self image.
Issue Date: 2008
Series/Report: Kin 442, Bodies, Culture & Society, Prof. Melissa Littlefield: Students participating in this course examine bodies in history, in particular cultural contexts, in international and national forums. Questions guiding research include: What is a body? Is there such a thing as “the” body? How are bodies produced? What do they represent? Who gets to represent them? Course readings vary widely to include anthropological, historical, psychological and sociological perspectives. Student projects focus on exercise, health and sport practices in general and on the University of Illinois campus in particular. The course syllabus is available at:
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Publication Status: unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-06-06

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