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dc.contributor.authorBrattabø, Ingfrid Vaksdal
dc.contributor.authorIversen, Anette Christine
dc.contributor.authorÅstrøm, Anne Nordrehaug
dc.contributor.authorBjørknes, Ragnhild
dc.PublishedBrattabø I, Iversen AC, Åstrøm AN, Bjørknes R. Experience with suspecting child maltreatment in the Norwegian public dental health services, a national survey. Acta Odontologica Scandinavica. 2016;74(8):626-632eng
dc.description.abstractObjective: Detecting and responding to child-maltreatment is a serious challenge and public health concern. In Norway, public dental health personnel (PDHP) have a mandatory obligation to report to child welfare services (CWS) if they suspect child-maltreatment. This study aimed to assess PDHP’s frequency of reporting and failing to report to CWS and whether the frequencies varied according to personal, organizational and external characteristics. Material and methods: An electronic questionnaire was sent to 1542 public dental hygienists and dentists in Norway, 1200 of who responded (77.8%). Results: The majority 60.0%, reported having sent reports of concern to CWS throughout their career, 32.6% had suspected child-maltreatment but failed to report it in their career and 42.5% had sent reports during the three-year period from 2012 to 2014. The reporting frequency to CWS was influenced by PDHP’s personal, organizational and external characteristics, while failure to report was influenced by personal characteristics. Conclusions: Compared to international studies, PDHP in Norway sends reports of concern and fails to report to CWS at relatively high rates. PDHP's likelihood of reporting was influenced by age, working experience, number of patients treated, size of the municipality and geographical region, while failure to report to CWS was influenced by working experience.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Franciseng
dc.relation.ispartof<a href="" target="blank">Detection of child maltreatment, the role of dental health personnel – A national cross-sectional study among public dental health personnel in Norway</a>
dc.rightsAttribution CC BY-NC-NDeng
dc.subjectChild welfareeng
dc.subjectmandatory reportingeng
dc.subjectoral healtheng
dc.subjectpublic health dentistryeng
dc.titleExperience with suspecting child maltreatment in the Norwegian public dental health services, a national surveyeng
dc.typePeer reviewed
dc.typeJournal article
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2016 The Author(s)eng
dc.source.journalActa Odontologica Scandinavica

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