Date of Award

Summer 1977

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Michele L. Darby

Committee Member

Susan Schwartz

Committee Member

Roger Johnson

Committee Member

Deanne S. Allen

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46J36


The purpose of this investigation was to examine creativity in dental hygiene students, dental hygiene educators, and dental hygiene practitioners.

Torrance's creativity test, What Kind of Person Are You?, was used to measure creativity in a convenience sample of 231 subjects. Data were organized according to ex post facto research design utilizing educational and occupational status as the non-manipulated independent ,, variables, and What Kind of Person Are You? creativity scores as the dependent variables. The statistical tests, analysis of variance and chi-square were employed to analyze data for significant differences between and among the mean scores of all sample groups.

Results revealed (a) no significant differences among aspiring, first year, and second year dental hygiene students in creativity scores; and (b) a significant difference between dental hygiene practitioners and dental hygiene educators in creativity scores, p=<0.01.


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