Rowe, M. Michelle
September 2005
American Journal of Health Studies;2005, Vol. 20 Issue 3/4, p219
Academic Journal
This study explored differences between 107 adults (ages 26-79) and 134 young adults (ages 18-23) on fear of dental treatment. Subjects completed scales measuring general dental anxiety (DAS-R) and negative perception of dental stimuli (DFAS). A relationship between negative perceptions and anxiety levels was found in both samples (adult r=.67, p<.001; young adult r=.74, p<.001). However, dental fear scores were significantly higher [t(239)=5.28, p<.001] in the young adult group (M=12.71,SD=5.71) than the adult group (M=9.31, SD=3.98). If health educators, psychologists and dental health providers are to manage this epidemic, identification and treatment of dental fear in young adults is necessary.


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