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Int J Paediatr Dent. 2002 Jan;12(1):47-52.

Validation of a Facial Image Scale to assess child dental anxiety.

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Division of Psychology, University of Derby, Mickleover, UK. h.buchanan@derby.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the validity of a scale that uses faces as an indicator of children's dental anxiety.

SETTING:

Department of Child Dental Health waiting room, Newcastle Dental Hospital.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

100 children (aged 3-18 years) completed the Facial Image Scale (FIS) and the Venham Picture Test (VPT) in the dental hospital waiting room.

RESULTS:

A strong correlation (0.7) was found between the two scales, indicating good validity for the FIS. Findings also showed that a small, but significant, number of children are anxious in the dental context.

CONCLUSION:

The findings suggest that the FIS is a valid means of assessing child dental anxiety status in a clinical context.

PMID:
11853248
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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