Date of Award

Summer 1980

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Deanne S. Allen

Committee Member

Michele L. Darby

Committee Member

Louise A. West

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46B47


The purpose of this investigation was to assess dental hygiene students' perceptions of themselves and the "typical dental hygienist" in regard to feminism. The accessible population was composed of all first-year, second-year, and post-certificate dental hygiene students at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Data were organized according to a 3x3x3 factorial research design with age, Q.P.A., and educational level as the assigned independent variables. The dependent variable, students' perceptions of themselves and the "typical dental hygienist," was measured by the Feminism II Scale.

Repeated measures analysis of variance yielded no statistically significant difference between dental hygiene students' perception of themselves and students' perception of the "typical dental hygienist." Additionally, no statistically significant interaction was observed among educational levels, age groups, and Q.P.A. groups as measured by Feminism II scores. All comparisons were at the 0.05 level of significance.


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