AN EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEY ON AWARENESS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CONCERN OF MALOCCLUSION AMONG 10-16 YEARS SCHOOL CHILDREN IN KARNATAKA
Keywords:Awareness, Orthodontic treatment, Psychological concern, Malocclusion, School children
Aims: To assess the awareness and psychological concern of malocclusion among 10-16 years school children in Karnataka State.
Settings and Design: School settings and Descriptive cross-sectional survey.
Methods and Material: A cross-sectional epidemiological survey was conducted in all the 30 districts of Karnataka. School children in the age group of 10-16 years were the target population. Population proportionate technique was employed for the sample size estimation. Two sets of pre-structured questionnaire were constructed and used as study tool.
Statistical analysis used: Simple Descriptive statistics.
Results and Conclusion: According to the results of the study a good awareness in children regarding orthodontic treatment and psychological concern about their personal appearance and social issues is observed.
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