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Dental beliefs: factor structure of the revised dental beliefs survey in a group of regular dental patients
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Health and Caring Sciences/Oral Health Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7972-1470
2009 (English)In: European Journal of Oral Sciences, ISSN 0909-8836, E-ISSN 1600-0722, Vol. 117, no 6, 720-727 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate the factor structure of the revised dental beliefs survey (DBS-R) in a group of regular dental patients. The study group consisted of 278 patients (mean age 54 yr), 61% of whom were women. The DBS-R item mean value was 1.6. Principal component analysis (PCA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) were performed. The initial PCA among the 28 DBS-R items showed four factors with eigenvalues of > 1 explaining 67% of the total variance. Five different CFA models were tested. The final model revealed a four-factor solution with one second-order factor (i.e. a hierarchical CFA). Thus, the latent second-order variable, 'dental beliefs', explains the variance from all DBS-R items through the four first-order factors labeled 'ethics', 'belittlement', 'communication and empathy', and 'control and anxiety'. The results suggest a somewhat different factor structure of DBS-R than previously reported for dental-fear patients. Hence, the underlying factor structure of the DBS-R may differ between different patient groups. The results point towards the use of the original 28-item DBS-R and interpreting the scale as measuring an overall construct of 'dental beliefs' and thus patients' attitudes and feelings related to dentists and dentistry.

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2009. Vol. 117, no 6, 720-727 p.
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dental beliefs, factor structure, regular dental patients
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Dentistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-4316DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0722.2009.00684.xISI: 000271780500013PubMedID: 20121936OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:4316DiVA: diva2:520112
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Available from: 2009-12-02 Created: 2009-12-02 Last updated: 2015-10-28Bibliographically approved

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