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The Child's Voice: Understanding the Contexts of Children and Families Today

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Children and families live and grow in a different social context than 15 years ago. The purpose of this report was to explore contemporary themes for improved contextual understanding of children and families today and their relationship to providing optimal pediatric dental care. Twelve themes were discussed using research studies and clinical expertise from the viewpoints of a pediatric psychologist and pediatrician. It was concluded that enhanced communication and partnership building improves comprehension and compliance with dental treatment. Furthermore, diagnosing the child and family within the immediate local context is central to developing and accomplishing an effective dental treatment plan.
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Document Type: Conference Report

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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