SPARK study


The SPARK (Skin Protection Actions for Risk-prone Kids) Study looks at factors that make it easier or harder for parents and children’s caregivers to follow recommendations for melanoma prevention (such as sunscreen use).

Who can participate?

We are looking for adults who meet all these criteria:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Are the primary caregiver (or have been the primary caregiver in the past) to at least one child (less than 18 years of age) in your immediate or extended family
  • Have a history of melanoma or have at least one immediate or extended family member who has a history of melanoma

Participants will be asked to complete a 30- to 45-minute survey. They may also be asked to take part in a focus group discussion or interview lasting about 90 minutes.

The survey and focus group discussion or interview will include questions about about how families manage children’s and adolescents’ sun exposure and ideas for programs that support families in managing their children’s sun exposure. Compensation will be offered.

For more information

This study is conducted through the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute. It is for research purposes only and is not intended to treat any medical condition.

The information posted on this site is consistent with the research reviewed and approved by the University of Utah Institutional Review Board (IRB). However, the IRB has not reviewed all material posted on this site. Contact the IRB if you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant. Also contact the IRB if you have questions, complaints, or concerns which you do not feel you can discuss with the investigator. The University of Utah IRB may be reached by phone at (801) 581-3655 or by email at