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Oral health education among adolescents
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
2005 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION AMONG ADOLESCENTS

Objectives:

To investigate adolescents perceptions and desires with respect to oral health education.



Methods:

A qualitative approach was applied. A series of focus group sessions was conducted with adolescents at senior and upper secondary level schools. The groups comprised an average of 6 individuals (six groups). The main themes of the discussions were the informants perceptions of the oral health education in different settings and under varying circumstances. The discussions were transcribed verbatim and analyzed according to the constant comparative method.



Results:

One of the most important issues appeared to be the dental personnel considering the individual as a subject and not as an object. The adolescents in the study were uncertain about their knowledge of their 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 dental products were met with skepticism and these should not be imitated in oral health education as this might undermine the credibility of the dental services. Girls were perceived to be more interested in health than boys were. Two core categories labeled credibility and confidence, which interacted continually, emerged from the data in the analysis.



Conclusion:

The results indicate 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005.
Keywords [en]
adolescence, focus groups, health promotion, oral health
National Category
Health Sciences
Research subject
Dental Hygiene
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-22147OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-22147DiVA, id: diva2:595823
Conference
8th World Congress on Preventive Dentistry, 7-10 September 2005, Liverpool, England
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21

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