Determinants of early- vs late-onset dental fear in a longitudinal-epidemiological study.

@article{Poulton2001DeterminantsOE,
  title={Determinants of early- vs late-onset dental fear in a longitudinal-epidemiological study.},
  author={Richie G. Poulton and Karen E. Waldie and William Murray Thomson and David D Locker},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  year={2001},
  volume={39 7},
  pages={777-85}
}
A longitudinal investigation of risk factors for early- and late-onset dental fear was conducted. Early-onset dental fear was related to conditioning experiences (indexed via caries level and tooth loss), service use patterns, stress reactive personality and specific beliefs about health professionals. Late-onset dental fear was related to aversive conditioning experiences, irregular service use and an external locus of control. In contrast to recent findings for dental anxiety, personality… CONTINUE READING

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