- Self-reported and physiologically measured dental anxiety, coping styles and personality traits.
- Anxiety, Stress and Coping
- Volume | Issue number
- 9 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Studied the relationship between verbal-cognitive and physiological measures of dental anxiety, coping styles, and personality traits among 53 undergraduate psychology students (aged 18-31 yrs). Data were collected during 2 separate sessions. The 1st (stress) session involved continuous and simultaneous physiological measurements of systolic and diastolic BP, heart period, skin-conductance level, and saliva cortisol concentration. Ss then completed self assessment inventories of dental anxiety, coping behavior, and personality traits, immediately followed by a pre-announced dental check-up. During the second session, 1 mo later, only the physiological measures were made. Coping style was assessed by the Utrecht Coping List. The personality traits under investigation included neuroticism, extraversion, self-esteem, and general trait anxiety. Self-reported dental anxiety was associated with the coping behaviors "palliative responding" and "depressive reaction", and with neuroticism. No relations were found for either extraversion, self-esteem, or trait anxiety. Physiological activity associated with the oncoming dental check-up could be predicted by emotion-focused coping styles.
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