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UICC World Cancer Congress 2006
Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action
July 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Methods: A systematic review of twenty-one published studies targeted at children and their sun protection behaviours (utilizing pre and post designs with comparison groups), indicates that there has been little explicit application of social marketing theory and principles in past programs. No studies reported any segmentation of the target audience, nor discussed any tailoring of messages for specific subgroups within the larger target group. Also, while research studies on specific message factors for sun protection are evident on literature review, little of this research appears to have been utilised within actual programs to date.
Results: Areas relating to behavioural and communication theory appear under-developed in many sun protection programs, with little use of segmentation on attitudinal or behavioural grounds, and minimal attention to message factors within the programs reviewed.
This gap between theory and practice is an important one to address, and in the next stage of our project, we will identify how these elements can be best incorporated into the planning and development of campaigns.