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Sociology and Psychology for the Dental Team: An Introduction to Key Topics



Sociology and Psychology for the Dental Team: An Introduction to Key Topics

Sasha Scambler, Koula Asimakopoulou, Suzanne Scott

ISBN: 978-1-509-50583-8 February 2017 Polity 244 Pages


The role that the social and behavioural sciences play in the daily practice of dentistry is now an essential part of all dentistry training, but it can often seem distant from the reality of daily clinical practice. Dentists often ask: what is sociology? Why do I need to know about psychology? Why do I need sociology and psychology to be an effective dentist? How can they help improve my clinical practice?

This new textbook answers these important questions and shows how the social and behavioural sciences can inform the practice of dentistry and allied healthcare services in the twenty-first century. It provides a comprehensive, accessible introduction to sociology and psychology for students and members of the dental team with no prior knowledge of the subject, and although the book assumes little or no previous knowledge of psychology or sociology, it also provides enough depth to meet the needs of those with some background in these fields. Throughout, the links between sociology and psychology and everyday practice are emphasized and explained and theoretical concepts are put into the context of everyday clinical work. 

The authors have extensive experience in teaching and researching the social and behavioural sciences from undergraduate to post-doctoral levels. This book will be an indispensable teaching aid within dental health education, and other allied health and social care disciplines.

Chapter 1: The Social Context of Oral Health and Disease
Chapter 2: Poverty, Inequality and Oral Health
Chapter 3: Gender and Oral Health
Chapter 4: Ethnicity and Oral Health
Chapter 5: Oral Health in Later Life
Chapter 6: Disability and Oral Health
Chapter 7: Symptoms and Help-Seeking
Chapter 8: Adherence and Behaviour Change in Dental Settings
Chapter 9: Stress and Health
Chapter 10: Issues in Social Psychology
Chapter 11: Pain and Dental Anxiety
Chapter 12: Communication in the Dental Surgery
Chapter 13: The Dentist in Society

‘This new book represents a pioneering effort to bring important selected topics and practical examples from sociology and psychology to students of dentistry. Having participated in such a course at my own university, I can highly recommend this book.’
William C. Cockerham, University of Alabama at Birmingham

‘This book comprehensively and critically discusses the application of health psychology and health sociology concepts to oral health. It is essential reading for oral health professionals and will help them introduce behavioural sciences in their everyday practice and also facilitate better understanding of the overall context of oral health care provision.’
Georgios Tsakos, University College London