04 Dec 2023
30 Nov 2023
This cross-sectional survey research investigates children's preference for dentists' attires based on different age groups and gender. Hundred twenty children were divided equally into two age-based groups, seven to nine years old and 10 to 12 years old with an equal number of male and female participants in each group. Data was collected using pretested survey form designed with photographs of four different types of dentists’ attire for the children to choose from. Pearson’s chi-square and multinomial logistic regression statistics were used to determine the association and interactions between independent and dependent variables. Pearson’s chi-square test with Bonferroni’s correction showed statistically significant association between gender [χ2 (3, N = 120) = 13.84, p < 0.01] and age group [χ2 (3, N = 120) = 8.13, p < 0.04] with type of preferred attire. Subsequently, the nominal logistic regression showed boys are less likely to choose pattern and colour attires compared to white coat [Odds Ratios of 0.22 (95%CI 0.06-0.79) and 0.23 (95%CI 0.07-0.73)] respectively. Furthermore, children in the upper age group (10 – 12 years old) are less likely to select pattern, formal and colour attires compared to white coat [Odds ratios of 0.12 (95%CI 0.03-0.47), 0.14 (95%CI 0.04-0.46) and 0.22 (95%CI 0.06-0.76)] respectively. Children’s gender and age influence the selection of dentists’ attire. Boys favour white coat and girls like more pattern and colour attires. Older children favour white coat more than other attire types.