Orthodontic Treatment and Parental Motivation and Cooperation
Lamb, Taylor Jane
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The present study followed a modified protocol established by Daniels, Seacat and Inglehart.1 The aim of this research was twofold: 1) to compare the treatment motivations of parents whose children have yet to begin treatment against those whose children are currently undergoing treatment, and 2) to determine the parents' perception of their children's cooperation. This research was carried out at the State University of New York at Buffalo orthodontic clinic. To determine these results, two questionnaires were used to survey 183 subjects. Of the 183, 94 belonged to the current group and 89 belonged to the active group. Results showed no significant differences between current and future parents with respect to motivation. Both groups' primary reason for seeking treatment was esthetic, not functional. Parents of future patients perceived their children to be more compliant with the orthodontist, but both groups reported that their children would cooperate with most aspects of treatment. Additionally, the future group associated orthodontic treatment with a greater degree of pain and quotidian intrusiveness than the current group. Further study comparing parental motivation and patient motivation should be conducted.