Date of Award

Summer 1988

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Susan Lynn Tolle

Committee Member

Deanne S. Allen

Committee Member

Shirley P. Glover

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46B43


The purpose of this research was to compare attitudes of licensed dental hygienists toward continuing education (CE) in two states: Kentucky, a state with mandatory continuing education (MCE) as a requirement for dental hygiene re-licensure and Virginia, a state without MCE for dental hygiene re-licensure. A self-designed, 28-item instrument, Continuing Education Attitudinal Questionnaire, was mailed to a stratified and random sample of 400 licensed dental hygienists in Kentucky and Virginia. Employing the chi-square test for independence, analysis of results revealed that Kentucky participants responded more affirmatively than Virginia participants to attitudinal statements regarding CE, particularly in areas of MCE, benefits of CE, and CE program administration. Virginia respondents recorded higher percentages of undecided responses, especially in areas of benefits of CE and optional methodologies for CE instruction. Therefore, increased exposure to CE courses through MCE may result in more favorable attitudes toward CE. The study also revealed that association members displayed more favorable attitudes toward CE than non-association members, and that graduation date did not appear related to attitudes toward CE.


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