Socioeconomic Roles In Dental Care

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The use of a diverse sample is invaluable in research, especially in the case of psychological research, where the ability to generalize the research is often wanted. Several diversity factors such as gender, age, and/or socioeconomic status are some of the biggest determinants of a patient’s fears or anxieties involving dental appointments and procedures. An example is that past research has shown that mothers are more likely to cause their children to become more anxious than dads, during dental appointments (Fazli & Kavand, 2015. A lower socioeconomic status has been shown to cause patients to put off or avoid treatment all together (Sibbritt, 2010). Younger individuals are often more anxious when they are introduced to the world of dental…show more content…
Roughly 48 percent of parents said that they were nervous or anxious when it came to dental visits, 47 percent of all children studied were found to have dental anxiety as well. Over 50 percent (55 percent) of mothers were found to be nervous when it came to their child’s dental appointment, while fathers were found to be nervous 40 percent of the time (Delta Dental, 2015). On the other hand, mothers found it much easier to take their children to the dentist, even after their own anxieties were taken into account. Nearly 40 percent of children have a true fear of dentists. Several reasons were found by researchers, fear of a painful visit, length of the visit, the possible need for additional work, and/or the child does not like their dental provider. A scarring experience could possibly cause someone to always fear the…show more content…
This is usually counterproductive because their oral health will probably deteriorate even further. Australian women were studied and found to be less likely to visit a dentist if they were financially unstable. The researchers theorized that access to, cost of dental visits, and poor health are the most significant factors that influence visiting a dentist, at least when older Australian women were involved (Sibbritt, 2010). A proper research proposal would involve selecting an equal amount of men and women, across several different race, ethnicities, and/or cultures. Participants should also be selected with age in mind, making sure to select individuals across the age continuum. Several different dental offices would be selected to provide a mix of individuals with varying socioeconomic statuses. The goal would be to find a population that matches the general population as well as possible. Independent variables such as time of anxiety measurement and gender would be evaluated. Patients anxiety would be measured before, during, and after dental treatment. Participants would be also be split based on gender, socioeconomic class, and ethnic background. Mixed measures design would be used for the experiment. The dependent variables would be the settings in which patients receive treatment, the dentist and staff, and several of the questions in a

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