Prevalence of Finger Sucking at Preschool Children in Bitola

Rajchanovska, Domnika and Ivanovska Zafirova, Beti (2014) Prevalence of Finger Sucking at Preschool Children in Bitola. International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research (IJSBAR), 13 (2). pp. 292-302. ISSN ISSN 2307-4531

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The aim of the study was to establish the prevalence of the habit,finger sucking at pre school children in Bitola.
observational cross-sectional study conducted and 1607 children from 3 to 5 years old were included. The
following methods were applied: psychological testing (Test of Chuturik), clinical pediatric examination,
interview with the parents and survey Child Behavior Checklist-Achenbach, 1981. The results shows that the
prevalence of the habit finger sucking at the examinees was 24.77%. The statistical analyses has shown that this
habit is significantly more often met at 3 year old children, who live in rural area, who do not have their own
room at home,ones who live in larger families, ones that do not use computer and ones who watch television
many hours during the day (p<0.01). Children whose parents have lower education degree, work in the
agriculture and have lower incomes in the family, significantly more often demonstrate this habit (p<0.01
andp<0.05). in conclusions we can say that Finger sucking has a high prevalence at pre school children in
Bitola. Paediatricians and children's dentists should work together at prevention,early diagnosis and treatment of
this habit in cooperation with other specialists, the child and parents.
Keywords: Finger sucking, living conditions, pre school children, prevention.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Divisions: Higher Medical School
Depositing User: Vms Eprints
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2020 18:12
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 08:49

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