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Social desirability, social intelligence and self-rated oral health status and behaviours.
Rom J Intern Med. 2007; 45(4):393-400.RJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

Our aim was to examine the impact of social intelligence and social desirability on students' self-rated oral health and oral health-related behaviors.

METHOD AND MATERIALS

The present study sample consisted of 217 first year dental students. The questionnaire included information about socio-demographic factors, behavioral factors, self-reported oral health status, social intelligence (Tromsø Social Intelligence Scale-TSIS) and social desirability (Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale short form C).

RESULTS

Social desirability was correlated with age, perceived dental health, current nontreated caries, toothache last time, self-reported gum bleeding and reason for the dental visit. Other measures were not influenced by social desirability: current extracted teeth, satisfaction with appearance of own teeth, self-reported gingival condition, daily toothbrushing, flossing, mouthrinse and dental visit frequency. It was revealed that participants with stronger social intelligence tended to evaluate as excellent their self rated oral health status, to be less dissatisfied by the appearance of their teeth, not to have untreated dental decays, extracted teeth (others than third molars) or gingival bleeding, to brush their teeth more than twice a day, to use everyday dental floss and to visit their dentist mainly for check-up or for tooth cleaning and scaling. Multiple regression analyses models demonstrated significant contributions of social awareness, social skills and social information processing were observed to oral health behaviours: toothbrushing, flossing and dental visit frequency.

CONCLUSION

The results support the view that social desirability should be considered as a factor which may impact measurements and decisions, while social intelligence has a significant association with oral health behaviours.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Periodontology, School of Dental Medicine, "Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania. alexandrina_l_dumitrescu@yahoo.co.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18767416

Citation

Dumitrescu, Alexandrina L., et al. "Social Desirability, Social Intelligence and Self-rated Oral Health Status and Behaviours." Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine = Revue Roumaine De Medecine Interne, vol. 45, no. 4, 2007, pp. 393-400.
Dumitrescu AL, Kawamura M, Toma C, et al. Social desirability, social intelligence and self-rated oral health status and behaviours. Rom J Intern Med. 2007;45(4):393-400.
Dumitrescu, A. L., Kawamura, M., Toma, C., & Lascu, V. (2007). Social desirability, social intelligence and self-rated oral health status and behaviours. Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine = Revue Roumaine De Medecine Interne, 45(4), 393-400.
Dumitrescu AL, et al. Social Desirability, Social Intelligence and Self-rated Oral Health Status and Behaviours. Rom J Intern Med. 2007;45(4):393-400. PubMed PMID: 18767416.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Social desirability, social intelligence and self-rated oral health status and behaviours. AU - Dumitrescu,Alexandrina L, AU - Kawamura,M, AU - Toma,Carmen, AU - Lascu,Viorica, PY - 2008/9/5/pubmed PY - 2008/10/17/medline PY - 2008/9/5/entrez SP - 393 EP - 400 JF - Romanian journal of internal medicine = Revue roumaine de medecine interne JO - Rom J Intern Med VL - 45 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to examine the impact of social intelligence and social desirability on students' self-rated oral health and oral health-related behaviors. METHOD AND MATERIALS: The present study sample consisted of 217 first year dental students. The questionnaire included information about socio-demographic factors, behavioral factors, self-reported oral health status, social intelligence (Tromsø Social Intelligence Scale-TSIS) and social desirability (Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale short form C). RESULTS: Social desirability was correlated with age, perceived dental health, current nontreated caries, toothache last time, self-reported gum bleeding and reason for the dental visit. Other measures were not influenced by social desirability: current extracted teeth, satisfaction with appearance of own teeth, self-reported gingival condition, daily toothbrushing, flossing, mouthrinse and dental visit frequency. It was revealed that participants with stronger social intelligence tended to evaluate as excellent their self rated oral health status, to be less dissatisfied by the appearance of their teeth, not to have untreated dental decays, extracted teeth (others than third molars) or gingival bleeding, to brush their teeth more than twice a day, to use everyday dental floss and to visit their dentist mainly for check-up or for tooth cleaning and scaling. Multiple regression analyses models demonstrated significant contributions of social awareness, social skills and social information processing were observed to oral health behaviours: toothbrushing, flossing and dental visit frequency. CONCLUSION: The results support the view that social desirability should be considered as a factor which may impact measurements and decisions, while social intelligence has a significant association with oral health behaviours. SN - 1220-4749 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18767416/Social_desirability_social_intelligence_and_self_rated_oral_health_status_and_behaviours_ L2 - http://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/5397 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -