Title

The origins of fear of occupational exposure in the clinical dental setting

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Dental Education

ISSN

0022-0337

Volume

71

Issue

2

DOI

10.1002/j.0022-0337.2007.71.2.tb04272.x

First Page

242

Last Page

248

Publication Date

2-1-2007

Abstract

Although there is a growing literature on the incidence of occurrence and reporting of occupational exposures in clinics in dental schools, the contributing factors to fear of such injuries and their dynamic evolution over time remain unstudied. It is hypothesized that fear of occupational exposures is a function of estimated likelihood of such events and their perceived importance. Individual personality factors and situational circumstances are also thought to play a role, although it is believed that these factors recede in importance as students gain direct knowledge through clinical experience. Path analysis methods are applied to longitudinal survey data in a single dental school to confirm these hypotheses.

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