said Kimberly A. Miller, PhD, of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and her associates.
Past 30-day tobacco and marijuana use was significantly associated with tanning addiction, and teens with problem drinking were 3.4 times as likely to meet tanning addiction criteria as were those without problem drinking. Adolescents with panic disorder symptoms were two times more likely to meet tanning addiction criteria than were those without symptoms, and those with obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms were three times more likely, Dr. Miller and associates said.
“for each additional psychological symptom, this figure was 30%,” the researchers said.
Dr. Miller and her associates cited several limitations. One was the cross-sectional design of the study. Another was the study’s focus on adolescents from Los Angeles, which limits the generalizability of the findings.
The authors declared no conflicts of interest.
SOURCE: Miller KA et al.