Oral health knowledge, attitude, and practice in 12-year-old schoolchildren in Iran

Rad, Maryam and Shahravan, Arash and Haghdoost, Ali-Akbar (2015) Oral health knowledge, attitude, and practice in 12-year-old schoolchildren in Iran. J Int Soc Prev Community Dent, 5 (5). pp. 419-24.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The knowledge, attitude, practice (KAP) studies play an important role in promotion of oral health. The aim of this study was to assess oral health KAP in 12-year-old schoolchildren in Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a cross-sectional study on 1554 students aged 12 years from the rural and urban areas of five provinces, KAP of subjects was assessed using a culturally adapted questionnaire. Data were analyzed using Chi-squared test, t-test, correlation coefficient, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and linear regression. Statistical significance was set at P < 0.05. RESULTS: In general, the scores of students in knowledge, attitude, and practice were 74.1 ± 21.1%, 72.6 ± 21.1%, and 51.8 ± 12%, respectively. Urban students had significantly higher scores in KAP (P = 0.0001). Female students got higher scores in all the three dimensions, but the difference was significant only in brushing practice (P = 0.006). Students in Tehran (the capital city) had significantly higher scores in all fields (P = 0.0001). Parents' education and mothers' job had a significant relationship with KAP of children. CONCLUSION: The results of this study showed that 12-year-old schoolchildren in Iran had good knowledge and positive attitude. But oral health practice was not satisfactory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitude; Iran; knowledge; oral health; practice
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Depositing User: azam bazrafshan bazrafshan
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2015 09:57
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 09:57
URI: http://eprints.kmu.ac.ir/id/eprint/22368

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