Indoor tanning and adolescents: Dependency or self-medication

Anne Marie Agostinelli, Deborah S. Finnell

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This article was prompted by a review of a 2006 survey by Zeller and colleagues of adolescents on indoor tanning behavior. A brief overview of the study is provided. Then, pointing to the parallel between indoor tanning dependence and diagnostic criteria, the neurobiological basis for indoor tanning is expanded with discussion of the circadian cycle. Implications for clinical practice, research, and public policy are identified for this at-risk population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-176
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of addictions nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Dependence
  • Depression
  • Indoor tanning
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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