ERIC Number: ED085132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Dental Health Care Models of Southwest Cultures. Final Report.
Pettibone, Timothy J.; Solis, Enrique, Jr.
The major goal of this research was the development and validation of cultural models of dental health practices. The specific objectives were to determine if 3 cultural groups (American Indians, Mexican Americans, and Anglo Americans) differ in the dental health hygiene indices, characteristics, psychological factors, or social factors; to develop explanatory models of dental health practices; and to cross validate the models. Two kinds of information were obtained--personal interviews and dental examinations. Data were collected during Spring 1972 for the first year phase and during Fall 1972 and Spring 1973 for the validation. The information was summarized and analyzed by descriptive statistics, analysis of variance, and path analysis. Six separate models were discussed and analyzed. It was found that similarities exist in the models developed across dimensions of ethnicity and residential groupings, and that financial factors and "symptomatic orientation toward dental care" were the greatest determinants of dental care behavior. Copies of the interview questionnaire and the dental examination form were included. (PS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Bureau of Educational Research.
Note: Grant no. R01 DH00211 01