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Adolescents' views of oral health education: A qualitative study
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
2005 (English)In: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6357, E-ISSN 1502-3850, Vol. 65, no 2, p. 300-307Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The objective of this study was to investigate adolescents perceptions and desires with respect to oral health education. Aseries of focus group sessions was conducted with adolescents in schools. The groups comprised an average of 6 individuals,with a total of 34 participants. The main themes of the discussions were the informants perceptions of the oral healtheducation in different settings and under varying circumstances. The discussions were transcribed verbatim and analyzedaccording to the basic principles of Grounded Theory. One of the most important issues appeared to be the dental personnelconsidering the individual as a subject and not as an object. The adolescents in the study were uncertain about their knowledgeof oral health. Often, the participants expressed a wish to be taught more at the dental visit. Information in schools was sparse.The support of parents was acknowledged but little discussed. The methods used in advertisements to describe dentalproducts were met with skepticism. These should not be imitated in oral health education as this might undermine thecredibility of the dental services. Girls were perceived to be more interested in health than boys were. Two core categorieslabeled credibility and confidence, which interacted continually, emerged from the data in the analysis. The resultsindicate that the credibility of the intermediary of the health messages is essential, as is their ability to create confidence. Thus,oral health education among adolescents is more likely to be successful when credibility and confidence are perceived

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Informa Healthcare, 2005. Vol. 65, no 2, p. 300-307
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Adolescence, focus groups, health promotion, oral health
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Dental Hygiene
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-16745DOI: 10.1080/00016350510020061OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-16745DiVA, id: diva2:590337
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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