Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

ARTICLE
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13--17

Association of Dental anxiety with personality traits among Engineering


KG Sourabha1, Manjunath P Puranik2 
1 Post graduate student, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bangalore, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
K G Sourabha
Post graduate student, Department o f Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bangalore
India

Introduction : Dental anxiety remains a barrier to dental care for a consistent proportion of thepopulation. The psychological profile of patients dentally anxious but not highly anxious is quitesimilar to normal (non-anxious) patients «SQ» profile. Aims and objectives: To assess personality traits and prevalence of dental anxiety and to findan association between dental anxiety and personality traits in Engineering students. Materials and methods: A cross sectional study was conducted among 400 engineeringstudents aged 20-26 years with a mean age of 22.39 } 1.05 out of which 230 were males and 170were females. Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) was used to measure Dental anxiety using a5-point Likert scale. Personality trait was assessed using the short-form revised Eysenck personalityQuestionnaire (EPQ-S) which consisted of 48 questions. Statistical analysis was done usingindependent t test and bivariate correlation with statistical significance at 5%. Results: Overall prevalence of dental anxiety was 91% (males 51%, females 40%). The meanscore of dental anxiety for males was 12.4}4.6 and for females 11.2}4.0 and difference wasstatistically significant (p<0.04). Atotal of 214(53.5%) were classifid as Extroversion, 43(10.8%)as Neuroticism, 2(13%) as Lie scale and 34(8.5%) as Psychoticism according to the scale used. Inthe present study there was no association between dental anxiety and personality trait. Conclusion: Generally Dental anxiety is gender related but in the present study males hadhigher dental anxiety compared to females. Of the four different personality traits, dental anxiety didnot show any correlation.


How to cite this article:
Sourabha K G, Puranik MP. Association of Dental anxiety with personality traits among Engineering.J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent 2013;11:13-17


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Sourabha K G, Puranik MP. Association of Dental anxiety with personality traits among Engineering. J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 Nov 19 ];11:13-17
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