Date of Award

Spring 1991

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Nancy B. Webb

Committee Member

Deborah Bauman

Committee Member

John B. Ford

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46D33


The purpose of this study was to investigate whether practicing dental hygienists promote their profession as a desirable career. A self-designed, 48 item questionnaiire, Dental Hygienists' Participation in Career Recruitment, was mailed to a random sample of 600 dental hygienists residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Data were obtained from 393 dental hygienists for a 65.5 percent response rate. Responses from each item were analyzed by frequency distributions, percentages and chi-square test for independence at a 0.05 level of confidence. The factors determined to influence dental hygienists' decisions towards promoting careers in dental hygiene included the perceived image of the dental hygiene profession, the degree of career and job satisfaction, the influence of market supply/demand for dental hygienists and the impact of professional affiliation. Career and job satisfaction was found to be the most influential factor in dental hygienists' decisions towards promoting their profession.


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