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Dental Students Perception and Knowledge toward Child Abuse and Neglect in Dentistry: A Cross-sectional Study

Tanya Roy, Geetanjali Jadhav, Pritesh N Gawali, Anand Shigli, Rahul Hegde, Roshni Rankawat

Keywords : Child abuse and neglect, Dental neglect, Dental students

Citation Information : Roy T, Jadhav G, Gawali PN, Shigli A, Hegde R, Rankawat R. Dental Students Perception and Knowledge toward Child Abuse and Neglect in Dentistry: A Cross-sectional Study. J South Asian Assoc Pediatr Dent 2023; 6 (1):19-24.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10077-3256

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 22-04-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Aim: This study aimed to analyze the perception, attitude, knowledge, and experience of child abuse and neglect (CAN) among dental students in Pune, Maharashtra, India. The aim will help us come up with prevention strategies to help reduce the occurrence of CAN and also protect the children suffering. Materials and methods: A total of 400 dental students were provided with a questionnaire. Descriptive analysis was carried out by using the obtained data. Results: Dental students’ perception and knowledge about CAN are low and these professionals have poor attitudes and knowledge toward CAN by the code of conduct and law. The available information and education are also poor. Conclusion: The results obtained from the study showed that there is a lack of knowledge and poor attitude and perception about CAN among dental students that prevents them from detecting and identifying suspected cases. Continuing dental education is required to enhance the ability of professionals to detect CAN cases. This study showed how we need to focus more on the training of dental professionals when concerned with cases of CAN.

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