Evaluation of the effect of Audiovisual Modeling on the Anxiety, Fear and Behaviour of Pediatric Dental Patients

Madhulika, Injeti (2012) Evaluation of the effect of Audiovisual Modeling on the Anxiety, Fear and Behaviour of Pediatric Dental Patients. Masters thesis, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Chennai.


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The present study was done to assess the effect of Audiovisual Modeling on children’s fear, anxiety level & behaviour and to compare the effect of exposure to Audiovisual Modeling with a film which is unrelated to dentistry and Control group (no video) on the fear, anxiety levels and behaviour of children aged 5 to 9 years.135 children belonging to this age group were divided into one of three groups, which were exposed to Audiovisual Modeling, exposure to a film unrelated to dentistry, and no intervention respectively. Each child underwent three treatment sessions during which examination and treatment planning, oral prophylaxis and restorations respectively were carried out. Anxiety and behaviour ratings were recorded during each of the three sessions, while fear rating was recorded during the first and third sessions only. It was found that among the children who underwent Audiovisual Modeling, a definite reduction in anxiety (P < 0.005) and fear (P < 0.005) and an improvement in behaviour (P < 0.005) was seen after exposure to Filmed modelling, when compared with both the initial sessions prior to the video exposure. Among the children who were exposed to the unrelated film, a considerable reduction of anxiety and fear and an improvement in behaviour was seen after viewing the cartoon clip, when compared with both the sessions prior to the video exposure (P < 0.005). However this improvement was less than that observed in the Modeling group. In the children with no intervention, there was a slight increase in the anxiety and fear of the children and deterioration in their behaviour during the final session compared to initial two sessions, but this change was not to a significant level (P > 0.05). The results of this study show that Audiovisual Modeling as well as use of cartoon videos to create a relaxed atmosphere prior to treatment may be employed as effective routine behaviour management techniques in paediatric dental patients aged 5-9 years. Audiovisual Modeling is more effective at reducing fear, anxiety and negative behaviour than exposure to an unrelated cartoon film.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Audiovisual Modeling, Anxiety, Fear, Behaviour, Pediatric Dental Patients.
Subjects: DENTAL > Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Depositing User: Kambaraman B
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 08:23
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2018 08:23
URI: http://repository-tnmgrmu.ac.in/id/eprint/5525

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