Perceived social support in relation to work among Danish general dental practitioners in private practices

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Perceived social support in relation to work among Danish general dental practitioners in private practices
Author(s) Berthelsen, Hanne ; Hjalmers, Karin ; Söderfeldt, Björn
Date 2008
English abstract
Social support is an important phenomenon in the psychosocial work environment. The aim of this study was to assess the extent to which Danish general dental practitioners perceived support from colleagues and to relate perceived support to demographic and work related background factors. A questionnaire was sent to a random sample of 300 Danish dentists. The response rate was 80% after one reminder. Factor analyses and multiple regression analyses were carried out. The results showed that clinic size was the overall most important variable explaining perceived support among dentists. Gender differences were found in perceived emotional and practical support, and women perceived more emotional support (e.g. discussing problematic patients with peers) than their male colleagues. A similar gender difference was not found for the perception of practical support, such as helping each other in the event of falling behind schedule. Dentists from small and large practices did not differ in the extent of peer contact outside the clinical environment. This study emphasized the importance of the organizational setting for a professional and personal supportive psychosocial working environment in dentistry.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0722.2007.00514.x (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue European journal of oral sciences;2
Volume 116
ISSN 0909-8836
Pages 157-163
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) health services
Human Service Organization
occupational health
social network
work environment
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/7076 (link to this page)

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