Indicators of dental anxiety in children just prior to treatment

M. Majstorovic, D. E. Morse, D. Do, L. L. Lim, N. G. Herman, Amr Moursi

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Objectives: We evaluated the relationship between child dental anxiety and selected child and parental characteristics. Study design: Children and their parents were interviewed at the New York University, College of Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. The Children's Fear Survey Schedule - Dental Subscale (CFSS-DS) evaluated child self-reported anxiety; the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) measured self-reported parental anxiety when the parent received dental treatment. Results: Ninety-three children and their parents completed the questionnaires. Mean CFSS-DS scores were higher for girls than boys (32.5 vs. 26.3, p=0.003) and for children whose accompanying parents had MDAS scores of 11+ vs. <11 (32.8 vs. 26.6, p=0.001). There was little difference in mean CFSS-DS scores among those aged 6-10 yrs. vs. 11-14 yrs. (30.1 vs. 29.3). Significant correlations were found between CFSS-DS and both gender (Spearman's rho, r<inf>s</inf>=0.31) and MDAS scores (r<inf>s</inf>=0.33), but not between CFSS-DS and child age (r<inf>s</inf>=-0.05). Controlling simultaneously for gender, MDAS score and child age, a high CFSS-DS score (38+ vs. <38) was positively associated with girls (OR<inf>adj</inf>=3.76, 95% CI: 1.13-12.54) and an MDAS score of ≥15 vs. <11 (OR<inf>adj</inf>=2.50, 0.73-8.54), but weakly and inversely associated with age (OR<inf>adj</inf>=0.80, 0.25-2.52). Conclusion: Child gender and parental anxiety are indicators of child dental anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-17
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of clinical pediatric dentistry
Volume39
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

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Keywords

  • CFSS-DS
  • Children's dental anxiety
  • Maternal anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Majstorovic, M., Morse, D. E., Do, D., Lim, L. L., Herman, N. G., & Moursi, A. (2014). Indicators of dental anxiety in children just prior to treatment. The Journal of clinical pediatric dentistry, 39(1), 12-17.

Indicators of dental anxiety in children just prior to treatment. / Majstorovic, M.; Morse, D. E.; Do, D.; Lim, L. L.; Herman, N. G.; Moursi, Amr.

In: The Journal of clinical pediatric dentistry, Vol. 39, No. 1, 01.09.2014, p. 12-17.

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Majstorovic, M, Morse, DE, Do, D, Lim, LL, Herman, NG & Moursi, A 2014, 'Indicators of dental anxiety in children just prior to treatment', The Journal of clinical pediatric dentistry, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 12-17.
Majstorovic, M. ; Morse, D. E. ; Do, D. ; Lim, L. L. ; Herman, N. G. ; Moursi, Amr. / Indicators of dental anxiety in children just prior to treatment. In: The Journal of clinical pediatric dentistry. 2014 ; Vol. 39, No. 1. pp. 12-17.
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