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Correlates of Pediatric Behavior and Distress during Intramuscular Injections for Invasive Dental Procedures

  • Lindsey L. Cohen1
  • Amber Fancher2
  • Jill E. MacLaren2
  • Crystal S. Lim2

1Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

2Department of Psychology,West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.31.1.e803gj132m7226l6 Vol.31,Issue 1,January 2007 pp.44-47

Published: 01 January 2007


Relations between general behavior, temperament, and procedure-related behavior and distress were examined in chil-dren receiving intramuscular injections before undergoing restorative dental procedures. Younger children are likely to benefit the most from interventions prior to and during dental procedures. Children’s anxiety before dental procedures could help identify those at risk of displaying problematic behaviors. General behavior and temperament seem useful at identifying children who may experience greater levels of pain.


temperament, procedure-related distress, dental procedures

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Lindsey L. Cohen,Amber Fancher,Jill E. MacLaren,Crystal S. Lim. Correlates of Pediatric Behavior and Distress during Intramuscular Injections for Invasive Dental Procedures. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2007. 31(1);44-47.


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