Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 16, issue 3, P431-443 2005 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2005.0052 View full text
Young O. Rhee Kim

Abstract: Using a social ecological model, this study examined the influences of socio-demographic factors, mother's attitudes, financial barriers, and the health care delivery system on the use of dental services for 4-8 year-old Hispanic children. Initiating dental care during the preschool years was significantly related to the mothers' beliefs and her social network's beliefs in the value of preventive dental care. The mother was almost four times more likely to continue the care if she believed that dentist visits …

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