In conclusion, I have developed further competence in the components that make a successful dental hygienist after writing this paper. This has helped me expand my awareness of exactly how patients and coworkers play a crucial role in my professionalism. As I maintain professionalism, respect, empathy and the added characteristics mentioned in this paper, I trust I will be a successful
Attitudes are conceptualised as stable entities or temporary constructions (Bohner and Dickel, 2011). The following article moves on to describe in greater detail the potential influences of attitude and attitude change with the aim of highlighting possible reasoning behind these. Furthermore, to define a particular attitude as a ‘stable entity’ is to suggest that one’s attitude is derived from a preconceived idea or memory. To the contrary, a ‘temporary construction’ is to construct an attitude in an instant following a particular event or stimulus. Whilst Visser and Mirabile (2004) claim that attitudes are a stable entity, and in contrast Shwarz (2007) believes attitudes are a temporary construction, Eagly and Chaiken (2007) take a moderate stance by defining attitudes as a psychological tendency, expressed by evaluating a particular entity with some degree of favour or disfavour.
This essay will examine the strength of the link between attitudes and behaviour and show that attitudes do not always predict behaviour as there are a number of variables that need to be put in place before the evaluation of a person behaving according to their attitudes can be assessed. These variables will be discussed in some detail. The three component model will be discussed and also attitude formation will be touched upon, before the link between behaviour and attitude can be examined a general understanding of how and why attitudes are formed needs to be addressed.
To begin, dentistry plays an integral role in the daily lives of countless individuals. Dentistry as defined by the International Council of Nurses is, "The profession of practice of providing care for the sick and inform in regards to oral hygiene." Populations around the world, and in particular Japan, are aging quite rapidly. Baby Boomers, individuals born between 1946 and 1964 are reaching retirement age as they too become older. As this demographic age becomes older, they will typically become more prone to sickness or other forms of detrimental illnesses. As such, the importance of dentistry in the coming years will be even more profound. As such, interviewing an individual within the health care industry provided valuable insights as to the overall profession, and the implications it has on society.
My past dental experiences have caused me to be certain of one thing: the path to my dental aspirations stretch far and this journey must continue. From becoming acquainted with my first dental instrument and exercising four-handed dentistry as a dental assistant, to promoting good oral health and preventing oral diseases as a pediatric registered dental hygienist, along the way I have conquered many challenges which have helped to shape the dental health professional that I am. One must always strive to continue to learn, practice and explore. In dentistry there is so much to be desired and it is in dental school that I will find the upcoming challenge I have been yearning for.
In clinical settings next fall and spring I intend to use research methods to assist my patients in achieving patient’s human needs. Before starting to work on the patient the treatment plan based on each patient’s need will be developed by me. As a dental hygienist student I would provide efficient educational methods by administering evidence-based facts when preparing individualized patient-centered
Many low income areas have dental therapists as part of their local dental team. Many people in these areas have never been to a dentist or do not go every six months as recommended this poses many other health problems. There has been case studies and data showing that in these areas dental health
Social psychologists employ a variety of different measures in attempt to measure attitudes, which cannot be directly measured due to their hypothetical and unobservable nature. However, they are often inferable from behaviour. For example, a negative attitude towards smoking might be reflected in moving away from someone who lights up in your vicinity (behaviour). Attitudes measures can be explicit (i.e. participant is asked directly about their attitude towards an object – e.g. opinion poll), or implicit (i.e. measure wherein participants sub-conscious attitudes are assessed without their knowledge – e.g…) (Haddock and Maio, 2008). Questionnaires are the most common measure of attitudes, utilising one of four types of attitude measurement scales.
Baker (1992) describes attitudes as hypothetical constructs which are formed from threefold components : Affective, behavioural and cognitive. This tripartite model is one of the most cited models of attitudes. These components are usually connected, but recent research in social psychology suggests that not all of them will necessarily be represented in any given attitude and that they can not always be distinguished from one another ( Bohner & Wanke, 2002 ). The structure of attitudes is clearly described in the following figure :
The online survey is the cheapest survey method. No need to pay for printing questionnaire, no cost for developing the questionnaire and telephone interviews. Also, no cost of additional workers to collect and analyze data. The time needed for completing the online survey is on average two-thirds shorter than that of traditional research methods as the information gathered automatically (smith et al. 1986). Also. It is quicky and easy to analyse like google Drive. You can develop your survey and the data will analyzed automatocly. Electronic survey easy to use for researchers, participants and also to style as you
The strength of questionnaires is it can give an insight into respondent’s thoughts and opinions and also cost efficient as it is inexpensive.
Each participant received an attitude questionnaire which consisted of 10 statements representing the three attitude components scored on a 5 point Likert scale where 1 = SD (strongly disagree) and 5 = SA (strongly agree) to evaluate their attitudes towards smoking. The attitude evaluation was tallied through each statement and there was a key to indicate the abbreviated letters for each response. Hence a high total score indicated a positive attitude while a low score indicated a negative attitude. Negatively worded statements (reverse score) were also used in the questionnaire to create diversity.
Q&M Dental Group offers basic dental consultation, scaling and polishing that is inclusive in its comprehensive package of primary-care dental services and specialist services. With this emphasis on these basic primary-care dental services, the target market of the organisation are consumers consisting male and female, from the age of 1 onwards. To allow better accessibility for its patients to its services, it has a network of more than 50 clinics spread across the whole island of Singapore as a geographical variable (Q & M Dental Group 2014). Q&M also continually educates and trains its existing and new dentists in its own dental institute ensuring the provision of world class quality dental health services as behavioural characteristics
It is rather important to precisely define the respondents, or to set up a filtering question(s) at the early beginning of the expectation and perception questionnaires. However, the convenience sampling method is chosen for developing the expectations' questionnaire, while the simple random sampling approach fits the perceptions' questionnaires. These proposed sampling techniques provide a level of validity to the samples
Surveys are considered to be important to find out the customers needs and preferences. Every organization tries to improve its processes to satisfy their customers but it is very important to know whether the customers prefer those improved services. Surveys helps in determining how satisfied are they with the current practices and also assists in improving the processes according to customer satisfaction. The time span for completing an online survey is shorter when compared to any other traditional research method. It is not required to wait longer for responses from the respondents as they are almost instant on collecting the data. The online survey is quicker and cheaper than any other research methods like mail surveys, interview methods and etc,. The results of online surveys can be accessed at any time. The recorded responses are more accurate as they are entered directly by the participants. There is a chance of committing errors while entering the responses from other research methods due to human error in performing a repetitive task. It is also quick to analyze the data from online surveys using graphs and charts. As the members and cadets from CTC Aviation were found busy with their work all the time, online surveys were found to be more convenient to the respondents in order to answer the questions on their schedule and pace. The respondents will be willing to share any kind of personal information through online