The psychosocial impact of oral conditions during transition to secondary education.

Z. Marshman, S. R. Baker, J. Bradbury, M. J. Hall

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AIM: Transition to secondary education is a significant life event. Little is known about the impact of oro-facial conditions during this time and how concerns may contribute as a risk factor to negative adaptation. The aim of the study was to explore experiences of young people with oro-facial conditions as they undergo the transition to secondary education. 

Study Design: Qualitative interview and diary study. 

Methods: Participants were children aged 11-12 years with a range of clinical conditions who attended a dental hospital. Participants completed a two-week diary during the transition and were interviewed about the diary and their experiences. The interviews were audio-taped and transcribed verbatim. 

Results: Seventeen participants returned the diary and were interviewed; they described both changes in school environment and social interactions. A key finding was the concerns about aspects of themselves that children developed during this time. For some young people these concerns were about their oro-facial condition. No links between gender, severity of condition and experiences of school were apparent. 

Conclusion: Transition to secondary education affected young people to varying degrees. Timely treatment for those concerned about the condition of their teeth may improve the likelihood of positive adaptation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-180
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean journal of paediatric dentistry : official journal of European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


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