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ERIC Number: ED106235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-31
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Comparative Effectiveness of Three Approaches to Changing Dental Hygiene Behaviors of Seventh Graders.
Albino, Judith E.; And Others
This study evaluates two approaches to changing dental care behaviors of seventh graders. After receiving instruction in brushing and flossing, students in one experimental group were confronted with inconsistencies between expressed beliefs and actual oral hyginene behaviors, as demonstrated with photographs of their own mouths. Data analyses indicated that when a measure based on photographs was used, these students' plaque scores (measuring oral cleanliness) measured at one, six, and twelve weeks after treatment, were significantly lower then the control group or the group receiving instruction only. Scores of students who participated in verbal rehearsals of correct oral hygiene procedures also revealed immediate improvements, but these changes were not maintained. When clinical measures of plaque and gingivitis scores obtained in the field were used, no significant differences were found between the mean scores of the control group and any of the three treatment groups. (Author/JS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 31, 1975)