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Dental anxiety and symptoms of general anxiety and depression in 15-year-olds.

Journal article
Authors A Stenebrand
Ulla Wide Boman
Magnus Hakeberg
Published in International journal of dental hygiene
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 99-104
ISSN 1601-5037
Publication year 2013
Published at Institute of Odontology
Pages 99-104
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1601-5037.2012...
Keywords behavioral dentistry
Subject categories Dentistry, Odontological behavioural science

Abstract

To cite this article: Int J Dent Hygiene DOI: 10.1111/j.1601-5037.2012.00551.x Stenebrand A, Wide Boman U, Hakeberg M. Dental anxiety and symptoms of general anxiety and depression in 15-year-olds. Abstract:  Objectives:  The objective of the study was to analyse the relationship between dental anxiety and symptoms of general anxiety and depression among 15-year-old individuals. Methods:  The sample analysed included 221 randomly selected 15-year-old individuals living in the city of Jönköping, Sweden. One questionnaire captured sociodemography and dental history, while dental anxiety was assessed by the Dental Fear Survey (DFS) and symptoms of general anxiety and depression by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Results:  About 6% of the adolescents were classified as dentally anxious. Symptoms of general anxiety and depression were significantly correlated with dental anxiety in both the bivariate and multivariate analyses. The latter analyses were adjusted for gender and previous painful experiences of dental care. Individuals with high dental anxiety showed general anxiety scores on a clinical level (mean = 9.8, SD = 4.3). Conclusions:  Symptoms of general anxiety and depression were shown to be significantly correlated with dental anxiety among 15-year-old individuals.

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