International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online) 10.30845/ijast

Interrelation of Dental Fear and Anxiety with the Morphology of Hand-Writing and Hand-Drawing of Children
Anita BECK, Tibor Károly FÁBIÁN, Pál FEJÉRDY, Péter HERMANN, Gábor FÁBIÁN

Interrelation of dental fear related scale scores and anxiety related scores with several morphological parameters of hand-drawings and hand-written free associations (couplings) as to the teeth were analyzed on children (n = 245). Dental fear scores interrelated with torque, line quality, detailing, closeness/openness, and appearance of certain content (upper/lower tooth or illustration of root) of drawings and space between the words, conscious space between the lines, average space between the lines, right margin, upper margin, zone height corrected lower zone and letter width of writings. Anxiety scores interrelated with shape, line quality, closeness/openness and appearance of content like root illustration of drawings and right margin, upper margin, letter size corrected upper zone, zone height corrected upper zone and zone height corrected lower zone. There were differences depending on that, which particular scale was used, and also between “drawing preference” or “writing preference” groups comparing to “no preference” group.

Full Text: PDF