June 2011

Volume 28, Issue 2

The Relationship between Self-Reported Oral Health, Self-Regulation, Proactive Coping, Procrastination and Proactive Attitude

Authors: A.L. Dumitrescu B.C. Dogaru C.D. Dogaru B. Manolescu
doi: 10.1922/CDH_2554Dumitrescu04

Abstract

Objectives: This cross-sectional study investigated the relationship between self-regulation, proactive coping, procrastination and proactive attitude, perceived oral health and self-reported oral-health behaviours. Methods: The study sample consisted of 198 first year medical students. The questionnaire included information about socio-demographic factors, behavioural variables, self-reported oral health status, proactive coping (proactive coping subscale of the Proactive Coping Inventory), procrastination (Procrastination Scale) and proactive attitude (Proactive Attitude Scale). Results: Significant differences were found on self-regulation, proactive coping, procrastination and proactive attitude scales between participants who rated their gingival condition as very good/excellent and those who evaluated it as being poor, very poor or normal (p<0.05). Results revealed significant differences in procrastination level among individuals who never visit their dentist and those who visit their dentist for check-up or for tooth cleaning and scaling (p=0.001) or when treatment is needed or when in pain (p<0.05). In multiple linear regression analyses, proactive coping was associated with toothbrushing frequency and reason for dental visiting. Conclusions: The result suggested that procrastination and proactive coping are important determinants of perceived oral health and self-reported oral-health behaviours. Key words: self-regulation, proactive coping, procrastination, proactive attitude, oral health, oral health behaviours

£10 single article

Other articles in this issue

Article Pages Access
Editorial - The European Association of Dental Public Health: Coming of Age 122-122 £10 single article
Pricing and competition in the private dental market in Finland 123-127 £10 single article
Geographical accessibility to dental care in the Japanese elderly 128-135 £10 single article
Socioeconomic inequality in self-reported oral health status: The experience of Thailand after implementation of the Universal Coverage policy 136-142 £10 single article
Oral health status and inequalities among ambulant older adults living in central Chile 143-148 £10 single article
Oral health status and inequalities among ambulant older adults living in central Chile 143-148 £10 single article
Relationship between dental anxiety, general anxiety level and depression in patients attending a university hospital dental clinic in Turkey. 149-153 £10 single article
Mesial migration and loss of first molars among young adolescents in Kuwait 154-159 £10 single article
Use of Haavikko’s method to assess dental age in Chinese children 160-164 £10 single article
Relationship between bone fragility of the mandibular inferior cortex and tooth loss related to periodontal disease in older people 165-169 £10 single article
The Relationship between Self-Reported Oral Health, Self-Regulation, Proactive Coping, Procrastination and Proactive Attitude 170-173 £10 single article
Is there a correlation between dental caries and body mass index-for-age among adolescents in Iran? 174-177 £10 single article
Nigerian dentists’ knowledge of the current guidelines for preventing infective endocarditis 178-181 £10 single article
A new index to measure tooth wear – methodolgy and practical advice 182-187 £10 single article
Review of report of workshop on “Effective Use of Fluoride in Asia” 188-188 £10 single article

Subscribe

Print
£130
Online (Single user only)
£130
Print & Online (Single user only)
£150
Institution Online (IP address validation)
£220

Back issues may be obtained from the publisher

Consider recommending subscription to your institution's library

You can view Open Access papers without a subscription.