Teaching dental undergraduates behaviour change skills

P. M. McGoldrick, C. M. Pine, P. A. Mossey

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Abstract

This paper describes an active learning-based education tool which enables dental students to learn preventive techniques relevant to patient dental health behaviour. 2 studies were conducted involving 33, 2nd year (study 1) and 9, 3rd year (study 2) undergraduate dental students. In study 1, snacking behaviour and its antecedents were analysed from detailed 3-day diet diaries completed by the students. Study 2 entailed the students changing one aspect of their sugar/diet behaviour using self-management techniques. It is concluded that dental students can successfully (a) identify antecedents to sugar snacking behaviours on several levels, i.e., cognitive, emotional and situational, (b) set goals and use behaviour change techniques to modify these behaviours, and (c) appreciate that this experience is relevant to similar preventive techniques that they will use in clinical practice. Training in the application of these skills to their own maladaptive behaviours provides a strong educational tool based on psycho-educational theories.
LanguageEnglish
Pages124-132
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1998

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Keywords

  • self-regulation
  • behaviour change
  • psycho-educational
  • sugar snacking
  • antecedents

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McGoldrick, P. M. ; Pine, C. M. ; Mossey, P. A. / Teaching dental undergraduates behaviour change skills. In: European Journal of Dental Education. 1998 ; Vol. 2, No. 3. pp. 124-132.
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