Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/2440/16794
Type: Journal article
Title: Clustering of risk behaviours for oral and general health
Author: Sanders, A.
Spencer, A.
Stewart, J.
Citation: Community Dental Health, 2005; 22(3):133-140
Publisher: F D I World Dental Press Ltd
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0265-539X
Statement of
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Sanders AE; Spencer AJ; and Stewart JF
Abstract: <h4>Unlabelled</h4>While it is recognised that risk behaviours for general health tend to cluster among individuals, it is less clear whether risk behaviours for oral health co-occur among these same individuals.<h4>Objectives</h4>To describe the distribution of health-relevant behaviours in a population sample, to examine whether oral and general risk behaviours cluster among individuals and to identify population groups with a shared risk profile.<h4>Methods</h4>Self-reported data were obtained from a stratified random sample of adults aged 18+ who participated in the 2002 National Dental Telephone Interview Survey and completed a subsequent mailed questionnaire (n = 3,132). Data were weighted to represent a simple random sample of Australian adults and analysis was limited to dentate adults.<h4>Results</h4>Four oral health behaviours (toothbrushing frequency, interdental cleaning, exposure to non-milk extrinsic sugars, usual reason for a dental visit) and four general health behaviours (smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, Body Mass Index) were dichotomised. K-means cluster analysis identified two readily interpretable groups that differed significantly on each behaviour apart from alcohol consumption (ANOVA; p = 0.77). A significant relationship emerged between cluster memberships and sociodemographic characteristics. Over-represented in the risk behaviour group (40.7% of the sample) were males, young adults, Australian born, those who did not live in a major city, adults who rented their housing and those adults with lower levels of education and household income (Chi square; p < 0.05).<h4>Conclusion</h4>The interrelatedness of oral and general risk behaviours and their sociodemographic associations supports the tailoring of integrated oral and general health promotion messages and services to targeted population groups.
Keywords: Humans
Oral Hygiene
Analysis of Variance
Cluster Analysis
Dental Care
Health Behavior
Risk-Taking
Socioeconomic Factors
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Middle Aged
Australia
Female
Male
Surveys and Questionnaires
Description: Copyright © 2005 F D I World Dental Press
Description (link): http://www.cdh.org.uk/abstracts/v22p133.html
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