Self-perceived mental well-being amongst Malaysian dentists

Norintan Ab-Murat, Lydia Mason, Rahimah Abdul Kadir, Noriah Haji Yusoff

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Jan 2017

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dentist
Dentists
well-being
Health
Sense of Coherence
Psychology
Mental Health
dentistry
mental health
Surveys and Questionnaires
questionnaire
experience

Keywords

  • burnout
  • dentists
  • mental health
  • mental well-being
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Self-perceived mental well-being amongst Malaysian dentists. / Ab-Murat, Norintan; Mason, Lydia; Kadir, Rahimah Abdul; Haji Yusoff, Noriah.

In: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 10.01.2017, p. 1-7.

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