Major Department

Education

College

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Degree

BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Spring 2019

Honors Major Advisor

Laurie Croft

Thesis Mentor

Ted Neal

Abstract

This study examines the change in child anxiety and fear towards dentistry when an intervention in the elementary classroom setting was put in place. My literature review exhibits a lack of information pertaining to attempting to change the views of children in relation to dentistry. There is strong evidence of the reasoning for child dental fear and anxiety, but no information showing the effects of an intervention. This study revealed that an increase in information about dentistry was correlated to an increase in positive feelings towards dentistry. The most statistical piece of data was an increase in student responses to how they feel at the dentist, trending positively. The findings conclude that students’ feelings towards dentistry are more positive after an educational presentation about dentistry.

Keywords

anxiety, children, dental, fear

Total Pages

20

Copyright

Copyright © 2019 Jessica Hipnar

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/honors_theses/310