Association between personality traits, dental anxiety and socioeconomic profile with the dental myths among adults in Chennai City, India

Divya Raghunathan, Preetha Elizabeth Chaly, Mohammed Junaid, Shyam Sivaswamy

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Abstract

Purpose: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the association between personality traits, dental anxiety and socioeconomic profile with the dental myths among adults in Chennai City, India. Methods: A pilot study was conducted among 90 adults aged 18 years and above by multistage random sampling methodology across the socioeconomic groups. The final sample size was found to be 162. A validated and a reliable, bilingual, self-administered questionnaire consisting of four sections namely 1. The demographic details, 2. Personality traits, 3. Modified Dental Anxiety and 4. A 26-item dental myth questionnaire. The collected data was analysed using SPSS version 20.0 and Chi -square test, One way ANOVA and correlations were done and a p-value <0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results: Dental myth scores was found to be more in the middle social class, followed by the lower and higher social class and this difference was not statistically significant (p=0.21). The personality traits and dental anxiety were found to be weakly correlated with dental myth scores. Conclusion: The startling results of the study have shown no relationship between socioeconomic status, dental anxiety, personality traits with the occurrence of dental myths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-118
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Volume7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

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