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The interplay of attention and self-monitoring with self-reporting oral health.
Rom J Intern Med. 2011; 49(2):129-36.RJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

We examined the effects of self-monitoring and focus of attention as predictors of self-reported oral health behaviors.

MATERIAL AND METHODS

In this study of212 first year dental students, attention was measured with The Focus of Attention Questionnaire (FAQ) and self-monitoring with Revised Self-Monitoring Scale (SMS-R). The questionnaire included also information about socio-demographic factors, self-reported oral health status and behaviors.

RESULTS

Self-Focused Attention (FAQself) was statistically significantly higher in participants who reported more than only one gingival sign (such as gingival bleeding) compared with those who reported healthy gums. Significant differences were observed between the high and low self-monitors regarding the insatisfaction by appearance of own teeth, gingival health, dental visits and mouthrinse frequency. Relation between tootbrushing frequency and self-reported gingival status was moderated by Other-Focused Attention (FAQexternal). FAQexternal also emerged as a moderator for dental visit frequency and self-rated gingival status / dental decays. FAQself and FAQ were moderators for self-reported dental decays, dentist visit frequency and reasons for dental visiting. The relation between flossing frequency and self-rated gingival bleeding, between mouthrinse frequency and self-reported dental decays, between dental visit frequency or reason for dental visits and self-reported dental decays, between reason for dental visits and self-reported dental extractions was moderated by self-monitoring.

CONCLUSIONS

The effect of focus of attention and self-monitoring should be considered when tailoring intervention efforts to oral health promotion as well as in studies involving self-reporting as a tool in screening the oral health of populations.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Clinical Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tromso, Norway. alexandrina.l.dumitrescu@yahoo.co.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22303604

Citation

Dumitrescu, Alexandrina L., et al. "The Interplay of Attention and Self-monitoring With Self-reporting Oral Health." Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine = Revue Roumaine De Medecine Interne, vol. 49, no. 2, 2011, pp. 129-36.
Dumitrescu AL, Toma C, Lascu V, et al. The interplay of attention and self-monitoring with self-reporting oral health. Rom J Intern Med. 2011;49(2):129-36.
Dumitrescu, A. L., Toma, C., Lascu, V., & Lascu, B. (2011). The interplay of attention and self-monitoring with self-reporting oral health. Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine = Revue Roumaine De Medecine Interne, 49(2), 129-36.
Dumitrescu AL, et al. The Interplay of Attention and Self-monitoring With Self-reporting Oral Health. Rom J Intern Med. 2011;49(2):129-36. PubMed PMID: 22303604.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The interplay of attention and self-monitoring with self-reporting oral health. AU - Dumitrescu,Alexandrina L, AU - Toma,Carmen, AU - Lascu,Viorica, AU - Lascu,B, PY - 2012/2/7/entrez PY - 2012/2/7/pubmed PY - 2012/3/3/medline SP - 129 EP - 36 JF - Romanian journal of internal medicine = Revue roumaine de medecine interne JO - Rom J Intern Med VL - 49 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVES: We examined the effects of self-monitoring and focus of attention as predictors of self-reported oral health behaviors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this study of212 first year dental students, attention was measured with The Focus of Attention Questionnaire (FAQ) and self-monitoring with Revised Self-Monitoring Scale (SMS-R). The questionnaire included also information about socio-demographic factors, self-reported oral health status and behaviors. RESULTS: Self-Focused Attention (FAQself) was statistically significantly higher in participants who reported more than only one gingival sign (such as gingival bleeding) compared with those who reported healthy gums. Significant differences were observed between the high and low self-monitors regarding the insatisfaction by appearance of own teeth, gingival health, dental visits and mouthrinse frequency. Relation between tootbrushing frequency and self-reported gingival status was moderated by Other-Focused Attention (FAQexternal). FAQexternal also emerged as a moderator for dental visit frequency and self-rated gingival status / dental decays. FAQself and FAQ were moderators for self-reported dental decays, dentist visit frequency and reasons for dental visiting. The relation between flossing frequency and self-rated gingival bleeding, between mouthrinse frequency and self-reported dental decays, between dental visit frequency or reason for dental visits and self-reported dental decays, between reason for dental visits and self-reported dental extractions was moderated by self-monitoring. CONCLUSIONS: The effect of focus of attention and self-monitoring should be considered when tailoring intervention efforts to oral health promotion as well as in studies involving self-reporting as a tool in screening the oral health of populations. SN - 1220-4749 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22303604/The_interplay_of_attention_and_self_monitoring_with_self_reporting_oral_health_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -