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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(11), 1338; doi:10.3390/ijerph14111338

Association between Global Life Satisfaction and Self-Rated Oral Health Conditions among Adolescents in Lithuania

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Clinic of Orthodontics, Faculty of Odontology, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, 50106 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Department of Preventive Medicine & Health Research Institute, Faculty of Public Health, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, 47181 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Received: 30 September 2017 / Revised: 30 October 2017 / Accepted: 2 November 2017 / Published: 3 November 2017
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Background: This study aims to explore the extent to which the perceived oral conditions predict adolescent global life satisfaction (GLS); Methods: The sample in a cross-sectional survey consisted of 1510 Lithuanian adolescents (41.7% boys) aged 11–18. The survey was conducted by means of self-report questionnaires that were administrated in school classrooms ensuring confidentiality and anonymity of the participants. The schoolchildren rated their GLS and answered the questions about perceptions of their oral health. The relationship between GLS and oral health variables was estimated using unadjusted and adjusted binary logistic regression and nonparametric correlation analyses; Results: The research showed that the majority of adolescents rated their GLS highly; however, girls, older adolescents and adolescents from less affluent families were less likely to report high scores. GLS was significantly associated with subjective overall oral health assessment. The odds of reporting low GLS were 50% higher for adolescents with good oral health (OR = 1.51; p < 0.001; 95% CI = 1.18–1.93), and two and half time as higher for adolescents with perceived fair/poor oral health (OR = 2.78; p < 0.001; 95% CI = 1.72–4.50) compared to adolescents with subjectively excellent/very good oral health. Nonparametric correlations indicated lower GLS to be significantly associated with higher scores of Child Perceptions Questionnaire ( View Full-Text
Keywords: quality of life; life satisfaction; oral health; oral health-related quality of life; adolescents; child perceptions questionnaire quality of life; life satisfaction; oral health; oral health-related quality of life; adolescents; child perceptions questionnaire
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Kavaliauskienė, A.; Šidlauskas, A.; Zaborskis, A. Association between Global Life Satisfaction and Self-Rated Oral Health Conditions among Adolescents in Lithuania. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1338.

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