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Dental Fear and the associated Factors of some Middle School Students in Cheongju-City

청주시 일부 중학생들의 치과공포도와 치과공포 요인

  • 심연수 (청주대학교 치위생학과) ;
  • 김아현 (연세대학교 치과대학 예방치과학교실) ;
  • 안소연 (원광대학교 치과대학 산본치과병원 소아치과/원광치의학연구소)
  • Received : 2013.06.14
  • Accepted : 2013.07.17
  • Published : 2013.09.28

Abstract

This study aims to examine the level of fear and the influential factors affecting their dental fear and to utilize the result as the basic materials in the dental management. The subjects were the students from a middle school located in Cheongju-City. The school was selected by convenient sampling and self-answered questionnaire was filled in by the students for a week from December 19th 2011. The survey result showed that 77 male students and 169 female students(total 246 students) answered 'yes' to the question 'Have you ever felt fear when you visited a dentist?' among 475 students who had visited a dentist in the past. The distribution of responses in each category of fear was examined by frequency analysis. The study results showed significant difference in the item of 'causing irritation during the dental treatments' between male students and female students (p<0.05). Converting the level of fear into scores after marking the answers, the score of male students was 52.0 points and the score of female students was 58.53 showing the score of female students was significantly higher in statistics. Moreover, the fear score of female students for the category 'causing irritation during the dental treatments' was also significantly higher in statistics(p<0.05). Therefore, these results should be reflected to the dental care environments in order for the adolescent to reduce the dental anxiety and fear.

Keywords

Adolescent;Dental Anxiety;Dental Fear;Middle School Student

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