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Adolescents Perceptions of Oral Health and Influencing Factors
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
2001 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Accounts on self-perceptions of oral health have hitherto been rare, although of great interest for strategies in health promotion.



Purpose: The objective of this study was to increase the knowledge on adolescents perceptions of oral health and influencing factors.



Methods: Semistructured interviews of 17 Swedish adolescents were performed. Criteria for strategic sampling were age (15, 18 years), gender (male, female), and dental health (healthy, unhealthy). Data were analysed according to the constant comparative method. Areas of focus were general oral health, personal oral health, life-style issues and dental care.



Results: The awareness of oral health was mostly low among the informants. Two categories of oral health were identified, action and condition. Conditional aspects were most frequent in evaluations of personal oral health. Possibilities to influence oral health were considered limited. Perceptions of influences on oral health were related to personal and professional care, social support and impact, and external factors. Gender differences were indicated in health consciousness. Concern for oral health was denoted the core category of perceived influence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001.
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Health Sciences
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Dental Hygiene
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-16737OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-16737DiVA, id: diva2:590329
Conference
The 2nd Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Qualitative Methods in the Service of Health
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