Self-perceived mental well-being amongst Malaysian dentists

Ab-Murat, Norintan and Mason, Lydia and Kadir, Rahimah Abdul and Yusoff, Noriah (2018) Self-perceived mental well-being amongst Malaysian dentists. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 24 (2). pp. 233-239. ISSN 1080-3548

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Purpose. To assess Malaysian dentists’ perceptions of their mental well-being. Methods. A self-administered questionnaire was developed based on a conceptual framework of mental health and well-being model. Two aspects were assessed, namely the physiological (two domains) and the psychological (six domains). Participants were asked to rate their experiences of the aforementioned aspects using a 5-point Likert scale ranging from all the time to never. Results. The response rate was 81%. Most of the dentists (61.7%) perceived having positive mental well-being. Under the physiological aspect, most respondents reported that they were ‘generally happy’ (93.3%), but about 30% stated they were ‘stressed physically and emotionally’. Of the six domains under the psychological aspect, positive well-being was observed in the ‘sense of coherence’ and ‘behavioural stress’ domains. Participants who were above 40 years old, married and had children reported having a more positive mental well-being when compared with their counterparts. Conclusion. Overall, most Malaysian dentists perceived having a positive mental well-being. It is crucial, however, to closely monitor and initiate early interventions for those with negative symptoms to ensure the safe practice of dentistry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: burnout; dentists; mental health; mental well-being; stress
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 02:44
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 02:44

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