ERIC Number: ED348172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-24
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Children's Response to First Dental Visit as a Function of Age.
Console, Cara M.; Chambliss, Catherine A.
This study was designed to identify the age at which children who are between 1 and 8 years old display the least anxiety during their first dental visit. Parents completed a survey that asked for the child's gender, age at first dental visit, and general reaction to the first visit. Children's reactions were classified as resistant, anxious, comfortable, and enjoyable. Results indicated that children who were between 2.5 and 3.5 years of age exhibited less anxiety than children at other ages. A total of 66.6 percent of the children who felt comfortable at the first dental visit, and 79 percent of those who enjoyed the first visit, were between 2.5 and 4 years of age. A total of 85 percent of the children who were anxious at their first dental visit were 5 years old or older. A sample survey for parents is appended. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Research Conference of the Delaware Valley Consortium of Colleges and Universities (5th, April 24, 1992).