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Agreement between mothers and children with malocclusion in rating children's oral health-related quality of life

Benson, P., O'Brien, C. and Marshman, Z. (2010) Agreement between mothers and children with malocclusion in rating children's oral health-related quality of life. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 137 (5). pp. 631-638. ISSN 0889-5406

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Introduction: The aim of this study was to compare the assessment of oral health-related quality of life (OH-QoL) between children with malocclusion and their mothers, by using responses to the child perceptions questionnaire and the parental-caregivers perceptions questionnaire. Methods: The study was conducted in 90 children, aged 11 to 14 years, with a malocclusion grade of 4 or 5 according to the index of orthodontic treatement need dental health component. The children and their mothers completed the questionnaires independently. Results: The mean ratings were similar for total scores (children, 20.4; mothers, 20.1), oral symptoms (children, 5.2; mothers, 4.7), and social well-being (children, 4.3; mothers, 4.8). However, the mothers group had a lower mean score for functional limitations (children, 5.3; mothers, 3.6) and a higher mean score for emotional well-being (children, 5.6; mothers, 7.1). The correlations between children's and mothers' responses ranged from rs = 0.545 for total score and emotional well-being to rs = 0.357 for functional limitations. There were good correlations between their responses to global (rs = 0.466) and life overall (rs = 0.427) questions, but poor correlations between the 2 questions, suggesting that these concepts were considered differently. Conclusions: Maternal opinions were similar to those of their children for the overall impact on OH-QoL of malocclusion, but mothers were more dissatisfied with the appearance of their children's teeth and overestimated the emotional impact of malocclusion. It would be useful to develop a specific measure to assess OH-QoL in children with malocclusion. (Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2010;137:631-8)

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Elsevier. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Perceptions Questionnaire; Parental Perceptions; Well; UK
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Dentistry (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 09:52
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajodo.2008.06.033
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2008.06.033
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10848

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