Student-parent agreement in self-reported sun behaviors
The lack of a gold standard in the assessment of sun exposure and related sun protective practices limits the ability to validate these exposure measures in skin cancer studies. The assessment of sun exposure behaviors is especially problematic when relying on a child's ability to accurately recall these exposures. Parent proxy measures are often used as surrogate measures and for validation purposes. We found low to moderate student/proxy agreement in this pilot study suggesting that adolescents can effectively recall their recent sun behaviors and protective practices when compared with parent proxy measures.