Maternal personality traits affect child dental behaviour and have a potential link with dental treatment methods. This
study aims to evaluate which maternal personality traits affect child dental behaviour.
carried out upon 60 children aged between 3-12 years, who had been admitted to our clinic for tooth extraction. All children were
evaluated by means of the Frankl Behavior Scale (FBS): degrees I and II represent negative behaviours, while III and IV positive
behaviour. Thirty children with FBS degree III and IV were assigned to Group I and 30 children with FBS degree I and II were assigned
to Group II. Children in Group I underwent tooth extraction with local anaesthesia. Children in Group II underwent tooth extraction under
deep sedation. During the first visit, the mothers were tested with the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory to evaluate
personality traits. All mothers in Group I and half the mothers in Group II filled a complete and valid test.
Group I and II
mothers were compared according to the test results: scores of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) test were
significantly higher in Group II (p<0.05).
We hypotetise that character features of mothers of children with negative
dental behaviour and positive dental behaviour are different and affect child dental behaviour.
Vol.17 – n.3/2016
Harvard: A. H. Arpaci, B. Iik, N. Cura, B. Kaplan, P. Bozkurt (2016) "Which maternal personality traits affect child behaviour during dental treatment", European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 17(3), pp239-242. doi: https://www.ejpd.eu/wp-content/uploads/pdf/EJPD_2016_3_12.pdf
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