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Acta Odontológica Latinoamericana

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POZOS-RADILLO, Elizabeth et al. Social representat ions of dental treatment in a group of environmental health graduate students in Lima (Peru). Acta odontol. latinoam. [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.1, pp.35-41. ISSN 1852-4834.

Social representations are a type of common sense knowledge shared by different groups based on their experience. This study identified the social representations of dental practice in a group of environmental health graduate students in Lima, Peru. Method: We interviewed 25 graduate students using a "focus group" technique and a semi-structured guide. Three groups were formed with purposive sampling. The data were collected during the years 2010-2011, and analyzed using open, axial, selective coding with Atlas-Ti software. Results: Three substantive categories were identified: dental practice, characteristics of the dental care provider and dental practice setting. The social representations that the students identified with dental practice were fear and pain. Conclusions: The negative social representations of dental practice may affect viability and adherence to treatment, so it is important to identify them in time in order to intervene effectively.

Palavras-chave : Dentist-patient relationships; Social perception; Dentistry.

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