Associations between adult attachment and: oral health-related quality of life, oral health behaviour, and self-rated oral health

Meredith, Pamela, Strong, Jenny, Ford, Pauline and Branjerdporn, Grace (2015) Associations between adult attachment and: oral health-related quality of life, oral health behaviour, and self-rated oral health. Quality of Life Research, 25 2: 423-433. doi:10.1007/s11136-015-1089-1


Author Meredith, Pamela
Strong, Jenny
Ford, Pauline
Branjerdporn, Grace
Title Associations between adult attachment and: oral health-related quality of life, oral health behaviour, and self-rated oral health
Journal name Quality of Life Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-9343
1573-2649
Publication date 2015-08-04
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11136-015-1089-1
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 423
End page 433
Total pages 11
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose
Although adult attachment theory has been revealed as a useful theoretical framework for understanding a range of health parameters, the associations between adult attachment patterns and a range of oral health parameters have not yet been examined. The aim of this study was to examine potential associations between attachment insecurity and: (1) oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL), (2) oral health behaviours, and (3) self-rated oral health. In association with this aim, sample characteristics were compared with normative data.

Methods
The sample in this cross-sectional study was comprised of 265 healthy adults, recruited via convenience sampling. Data were collected on attachment patterns (Experiences in Close Relationships Scale-Short Form, ECR-S), OHRQoL (Oral Health Impact Profile-14, OHIP-14), oral health behaviours (modified Dental Neglect Scale, m-DNS), and self-rated oral health (one-item global rating of oral health). Multivariate regression models were performed.

Results
Both dimensions of attachment insecurity were associated with lowered use of favourable dental visiting behaviours, as well as decreased OHRQoL for both overall well-being and specific aspects of OHRQoL. Attachment avoidance was linked with diminished self-rated oral health.

Conclusions
This study supports the potential value of an adult attachment framework for understanding a range of oral health parameters. The assessment of a client’s attachment pattern may assist in the identification of people who are at risk of diminished OHRQoL, less adaptive dental visiting behaviours, or poorer oral health. Further research in this field may inform ways in which attachment approaches can enhance oral health-related interventions.
Keyword Adult attachment
Oral health-related quality of life
Oral health behaviours
Self-rated oral health
Psychosocial factors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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