Date of Award

Summer 1985

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Michele L. Darby

Committee Member

Pamela P. Brangan

Committee Member

Lindsay Rettie

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46B48


The purpose of this investigation was to determine if a significant difference exists between dental health attitudes of children who are exposed to a dental health fair and children who are not exposed to a dental health fair. All consenting students, in grades four through six . from two Hampton public schools, completed a Dental Health Questionnaire designed to assess attitudes toward dental health. One day after the experimental group participated in the dental health fair, both groups were post-tested using the same questionnaire. Two weeks after the dental health fair, an identical posttest was readministered to both groups. Two-way multivariate analysis of variance revealed a significant difference between the attitudes of children exposed to the dental health fair and children not exposed to a dental health fair. No significant interaction was found between schools' dental health education programs and childrens' grade levels as measured by the Dental Health Questionnaire. The school-based dental health fair had a positive effect on the dental attitudes of children.


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