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Factors Affecting Occupation Awareness for Dental Hygienist in High School Students
J Dent Hyg Sci 2011;11:293-7
Published online August 31, 2011
© 2011 The Korean Society of Dental Hygiene Science.

Young-Sik Cho†, Hye-Rim Hwang, Seung-Mi Joo, Jung-Yoon Choi and Mi-Ra Hwang

Department of Dental Hygiene, Namseoul University, Chunan-City 331-707, Korea
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate recognition of occupation title for dental hygienist in high school students. Total 210 students of one high school completed a self-reported questionnaire on sociodemographic characteristics, dental service utilization and occupation title awareness for health care personnels. Female and science tract students showed higher level of awareness for dental hygienist but showed no differences according to dental service utilization pattern. The study showed association between occupation recognition for dental hygienist and other health technicians. But there were no association between occupation awareness for dental hygienist and dentist, nurse. Gender, occupation recognition for medical laboratory technologists and physical therapist affect occupation recognition for dental hygienist.
Keywords : Cognition of occupation, Dental hygienist, Occupation awareness

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