Date of Award

Fall 1980

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Michele L. Darby

Committee Member

Marcia K. Brand

Committee Member

Deanne S. Allen

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46J67


The purpose of this study was to determine if a statistically significant difference existed in self concept prior to and following preventive oral health services in clients undergoing drug rehabilitation. Individuals residing at the Drug Dependency Treatment Program Unit at McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, comprised the control and experimental groups.

Data were organized according to a randomized groups, pretest-posttest design with preventive oral health services as the active independent variable. The dependent variables, Total Positive Score, Self Satisfaction Score, and Physical Self Score were measured by the Tennessee Self Concept Scale.

One grouping factor, one trial factor analysis of variance yielded no statistically significant difference between the self concept of drug rehabilitation clients who received preventive oral health services and those who did not receive such services. All comparisons were at the 0.05 level of significance.


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