Children’s experience of dental anxiety

Morgan, A. G., Rodd, H. D., Porritt, J. M., Baker, S. R., Creswell, C., Newton, T., Williams, C. and Marshman, Z. (2017) Children’s experience of dental anxiety. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 27(2), pp. 87-97. (doi: 10.1111/ipd.12238) (PMID:27376925)

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Background: Dental anxiety is common among children. Although there is a wealth of research investigating childhood dental anxiety, little consideration has been given to the child's perspective. Aim: This qualitative study sought to explore with children their own experiences of dental anxiety using a cognitive behavioural therapy assessment model. Design: Face-to-face, semi-structured interviews were conducted with dentally anxious children aged 11–16 years. The Five Areas model was used to inform the topic guide and analysis. Data were analysed using a framework approach. Results: In total, 13 children were interviewed. Participants described their experiences of dental anxiety across multiple dimensions (situational factors and altered thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms, and behaviours). Participants placed considerable value on communication by dental professionals, with poor communication having a negative influence on dental anxiety and the dentist–patient relationship. Conclusions: This study confirms the Five Areas model as an applicable theoretical model for the assessment of childhood dental anxiety. Children provided insights about their own dental anxiety experiences that have not previously been described.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Williams, Professor Christopher
Authors: Morgan, A. G., Rodd, H. D., Porritt, J. M., Baker, S. R., Creswell, C., Newton, T., Williams, C., and Marshman, Z.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
ISSN (Online):1365-263X
Published Online:04 July 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 BSPD, IAPD and John Wiley and Sons
First Published:First published in International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry 27(2): 87-97
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
599991Development of a guided self-help Cognitive Behavioural Therapy resource for the reduction of dental anxiety in young people aged 11-16 yearsChristopher WilliamsNational Institute for Health Research (NIHR)PB-PG-1111-2602IHW - MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING