Dentistry students ageing anxiety levels in northern Iran

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  • Arash Poorsattar Bejeh Mir,

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    1. Dentistry Student Research Committee (DSRC), Dental Materials Research Center, Dentistry School, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Mazandaran Province, Iran
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      Arash Poorsattar Bejeh Mir, Dentistry Student Research Committee, Dentistry school, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Ganj Afrooz Ave, Babol, Mazandaran Province, Iran.

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      E-mail: arashpoorsattar@yahoo.com

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  • Morvarid Poorsattar Bejeh Mir

    1. Private Practice of Orthodontics, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Abstract

Objective

Ageing anxiety as a specific subtype of anxiety disorder has been considered as a moderating factor on healthcare providers’ professional task dealing with the elders.

Methods

A Persian translation of Ageing Anxiety Scale (AAS) (Int J Aging Hum Dev, 37, 1993, 247) was administered to the university students of a dentistry school located at northern Iran. The questionnaire consisted of twenty-five-point Likert-scale questions.

Results

The obtained mean score of ageing anxiety was 58.51 (±9.85), (out of a possible 100), and the questionnaire revealed a good level of internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = 0.76). The results did not differ by gender (= 0.22), between undergraduate or postgraduate students (p = 0.81), various postgraduate disciplines (p = 0.69), residing with an elder at home (p = 0.18) and length of time living with an elder (p = 0.81).

Conclusion

The Persian translation of AAS showed a good level of internal consistency. The selected population with educational attainment in this research revealed a moderate ageing anxiety level.

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