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The relationship between socio-demographic characteristics and dental health knowledge and attitudes of parents with young children.

Williams, N. J. and Whittle, J. G. and Gatrell, Anthony C. (2002) The relationship between socio-demographic characteristics and dental health knowledge and attitudes of parents with young children. British Dental Journal, 193 (11). pp. 651-654. ISSN 0007-0610

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Abstract

Objective To determine if parental socio-demographic characteristics are associated with dental knowledge and attitude. Design A questionnaire survey of 500 consecutive parents with children aged approximately 8-months, attending clinics in 1999/2000, in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale, for health visitor distraction-hearing tests. Outcome measures Scores were obtained for dental knowledge and attitudes. The socio-demographic variables of parental ethnicity, age, education and area of residence were used to determine any associations. Results Parental age ranged between 16–46 years. Child age ranged between 7–11 months. Significant differences were detected for parental dental knowledge according to ethnicity (P = 0.003), educational status (P = 0.000), and area of residence (P = 0.016). Significant differences were also found in dental attitudes; ethnicity (P = 0.000), educational status (P = 0.004) and area of residence (P = 0.005). Parental age was not significant for either knowledge or attitude. Conclusions Lack of further education, being Asian and living in a deprived area means parents have less chances of high dental knowledge and positive dental attitudes.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Dental Journal
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
ID Code: 13626
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2008 16:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:10
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13626

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