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TOMITA, Laura Mendes; COSTA JUNIOR, Áderson Luiz  and  MORAES, Antônio Bento Alves de. Maternal anxiety manifested during dental treatment of their children. Psico-USF (Impr.) [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.2, pp.249-256. ISSN 2175-3563.

The anxiety manifested by the child during the dentistry treatment constitutes a potentially harmful element to the accomplishment of the treatment. The aim of this study was to describe and analyse 10 mother's behavior during sequential sessions of their children's dental treatment. All sessions were recorded in videotape biped every 15 second interval, indicating the moments that the records of the behaviors would be carried out. A behavioral repertoire general plotting allowed to point common standards to all the participants and specific standards, larger anxiety indicators of some participants. Proportionally, the invasive anesthesia procedure evoked escape behaviors indicators larger frequency and/or mothers dodge. The pediatric dentistry, careful with parents' behaviors, can adopt strategies that reduce parents' anxiety, increasing behaviors frequency children's collaborating with the treatment.

Keywords : Mother's behavior; Dental anxiety; Behavior analysis.

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