Table 1

Frequencies of study variables
Sample %
Nativity/length of time in the U.S.
 Born in U.S. 46.0
 < 10 years in U.S. 11.3
 10–14 years in U.S. 8.8
 ≥ 15 years in U.S. 33.9
Language used when speaking
 Mostly/only Spanish 35.5
 Spanish/English equally 23.9
 Mostly/only English 40.6
Hispanic origin
 Mexico 62.7
 Central/South America 15.3
 Puerto Rico 10.9
 Cuba 4.3
 Other 6.8
Region of U.S. residence
 Northeast 11.6
 Midwest 7.2
 South 31.8
 West 49.4
Female gender 54.3
Age (years)
 18-29 28.9
 30-39 24.5
 40-49 21.9
 50-64 17.2
 ≥ 65 7.4
Education level
 ≤ Some high school 30.9
 High school graduate 26.3
 Some college 27.4
 College graduate 15.5
Health insurance
 Private 45.6
 Public 19.7
 None 34.8
Family history of skin cancer 1.8
Skin reaction after 1 hour in the sun
 Mild sunburn 49.7
 Moderate sunburn 40.2
 Severe sunburn 10.1
Risk for occupational sun exposure
 Low 88.0
 High 12.0
Use of sunscreen
 Never 36.7
 Rarely 10.4
 Sometimes 20.6
 Most of the time 14.2
 Always 18.1
Stay in the shade
 Never 6.3
 Rarely 10.5
 Sometimes 29.6
 Most of the time 32.3
 Always 21.4
Use of sun protective clothinga
 Never 24.1
 Rarely 36.2
 Sometimes 21.7
 Most of the time 14.6
 Always 3.5
Sunburn in the past year 43.1

Note. N = 1676 Hispanic adults drawn from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey. All percentages are weighted. Data Source: National Center for Health Statistics, 2010 National Health Interview Survey [23]. aFor ease of presentation, participants’ scores were rounded to the nearest whole number (from 1 = never to 5 = always).

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