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dc.contributor.advisorSimmer-Beck, Melanie
dc.contributor.advisorWalker, Mary P.
dc.contributor.authorLittle, Taylor C.
dc.date.issued2023
dc.date.submitted2023 Fall
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page, viewed November 10, 2023
dc.descriptionThesis advisors: Melanie Simmer-Beck and Mary P. Walker
dc.descriptionVita
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 36-39)
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.)--Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2023
dc.description.abstractThis study examined which demographic factors were associated with high levels of anxiety and depression in dental students and dental residents in a midwestern dental school. A twenty-four-item survey was distributed to 461 dental students and dental residents. The survey was divided into three domains including student and resident demographics, level of anxiety, and level of depression. Demographic factors were program of study, year of study, belonging to a high-risk group, marital status, parental status, physical activity, and social media usage. A high-risk group was defined as an individual who identified as African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, LGBTQ+, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or multiracial. The level of depression was measured utilizing the Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ-9), and level of anxiety was measured utilizing the General Anxiety Disorder 7 (GAD-7). To determine associations between demographic factors and levels of anxiety and depression Fisher’s Exact or Chi-squared tests were used. Only 12 respondents were dental residents and were excluded from further analyses due to insufficient statistical power. Survey data revealed no statistically significant association between level of anxiety or depression and year of study. Survey data revealed a statistically significant association of a low level of anxiety and greater than three days per week of physical activity. Additionally, survey data revealed a statistically significant association between a high level of depression and belonging to a high-risk group. Overall, results of this study suggest that some dental student demographics are associated with levels of anxiety and depression.
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction -- Methods -- Results -- Discussion -- Conclusions
dc.format.extentviii, 56 pages
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/97313
dc.subject.lcshDental students -- Mental health
dc.subject.meshStudents, Dental -- psychology
dc.subject.otherThesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
dc.titleMental Health Assessment of Dental Students and Dental Residents in a Midwestern Dental School: A Pilot Study
thesis.degree.disciplineOral and Craniofacial Sciences (UMKC)
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas City
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameM.S. (Master of Science)


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