Attitude toward death: Does it influence dental fear?

G. Fábián, Orsolya Müller, Szilvia Koväcs, Tú Nguyen Minh, Tibor Károly Fábián, P. Csermely, P. Fejérdy

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Abstract

The possible influence of fear of death and attitude toward death were studied related to dental anxiety in Hungarian elementary and secondary school subjects (n = 277; 114 males, 163 females; age between 8 and 18 years). Dental fear and anxiety scores were DAS: 10.8 ± 3.6; DFS: 40.6 ± 15.6; STAI-S: 38.0 ± 11.0; STAI-T: 40.3 ± 10.0. Lester's Attitude Toward Death Scale scores were 6.3 ± 1.3. Girls scored higher on DAS, STAI-S, and STAI-T scales (P ≤ 0.05). Age influenced STAI-S, STAI-T, and Lester's Scale scores (P ≤ 0.05). Lester's Scale scores influenced the expectations of the subjects about the dental fear of their surrounding people (parents, brother, sister, friends) (P ≤ 0.05). A percentage of 7.22 of the subjects indicated a rather strong connection between dental fear and fear of death. These subjects had significantly higher dental fear and anxiety scores as compared to others (P ≤ 0.01). Death-related contentwas found in 4.3% of drawings and in 10.5% of free associations (couplings) related to teeth (in 12.6% either in drawings or in couplings). The appearance of death-related content was higher with higher age, and higher expected dental fear of surrounding people (P ≤ 0.01). Our data indicate a detectable influence of fear of death on dental fear, especially in subjects with higher dental fear scores.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Pages339-349
Number of pages11
Volume1113
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

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NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1113
ISSN (Print)00778923
ISSN (Electronic)17496632

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Keywords

  • Attitude toward death
  • Dental fear
  • Fear of death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Fábián, G., Müller, O., Koväcs, S., Minh, T. N., Fábián, T. K., Csermely, P., & Fejérdy, P. (2007). Attitude toward death: Does it influence dental fear? In Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (Vol. 1113, pp. 339-349). (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1113). https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1391.000

Attitude toward death : Does it influence dental fear? / Fábián, G.; Müller, Orsolya; Koväcs, Szilvia; Minh, Tú Nguyen; Fábián, Tibor Károly; Csermely, P.; Fejérdy, P.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1113 2007. p. 339-349 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1113).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Fábián, G, Müller, O, Koväcs, S, Minh, TN, Fábián, TK, Csermely, P & Fejérdy, P 2007, Attitude toward death: Does it influence dental fear? in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. vol. 1113, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 1113, pp. 339-349. https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1391.000
Fábián G, Müller O, Koväcs S, Minh TN, Fábián TK, Csermely P et al. Attitude toward death: Does it influence dental fear? In Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1113. 2007. p. 339-349. (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences). https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1391.000
Fábián, G. ; Müller, Orsolya ; Koväcs, Szilvia ; Minh, Tú Nguyen ; Fábián, Tibor Károly ; Csermely, P. ; Fejérdy, P. / Attitude toward death : Does it influence dental fear?. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1113 2007. pp. 339-349 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences).
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