School-based comprehensive oral health services in north vallejo: Assessing oral health behaviors, beliefs and attitudes through a caregiver perspective
Objective: This study examines the link between primary caregiver reporting of their child(ren)'s brushing behaviors and their own reported brushing behaviors. Additionally, we examine the effects of external social influences on caregivers' behaviors and socioeconomic influences on self-reported brushing frequencies.
Methods: The cross-sectional study data are from 326 surveys distributed to caregivers of children aged 0 to 18 at the SBHC. The previously validated survey instrument: Parenting, Social Determinants, Health Services, Quality of Life, and Outcomes Questionnaire is intended to collect data regarding behaviors, beliefs and attitudes regarding oral health.
Results: The median report for brushing frequency was 14 times per week for both caregiver and index child. A preliminary regression analysis shows a positive correlation between reported brushing behaviors of caregivers and children (R² = 0.3398, CI=95%, p=0.012). Preliminary analysis shows no correlation between external influences on brushing behaviors or socioeconomics and reported caregiver or child brushing.
Conclusion: A strong correlation between reported behaviors for caregivers and children provides data for the importance of instilling proper oral health behaviors, attitudes and knowledge in both caregivers and children.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Describe data collected from a School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services Project data regarding caregiver reported behaviors, beliefs and attitudes regarding oral health and well-being. Discuss the importance of providing comprehensive oral health care services to diverse populations.
Keyword(s): Oral Health, School-Based Programs
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants as an evaluator focusing on women's and adolescent health. My scientific interests has been the development of strategic planning, community based interventions and disease prevention among underserved populations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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