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Table 1 Mean DAS scores by sociodemographic and dental service-use characteristics

From: A national cross-sectional survey of dental anxiety in the French adult population

variables Items Description DAS score DAS score/variables
   N % Mean SD p values
site countryside 451 17 8.4 3.4 p < 0.01
  city > 100,000 inhabitants 792 29 7.9 3.2  
  city < 100,000 inhabitants 939 34 8.3 3.6  
  Paris 420 15 8.6 3.8  
  overseas territories 123 5 9.3 4.1  
age (years) 15–19 99 4 8.5 3.5 p < 0.001
  20–24 190 7 8.6 3.3  
  25–54 1425 52 8.7 3.6  
  55–59 327 12 7.7 3.3  
  60–64 220 8 7.9 3.3  
  65–74 284 10 7.7 3.1  
  75–84 134 5 7.3 2.9  
  85 and more 46 2 6.6 3.1  
number of dental appointments more than 50 464 21 7.9 3.3 p < 0.01
  20–50 1509 68 8.6 3.5  
  oct-20 131 6 9.7 3.8  
  01-oct 59 3 9.0 4.4  
  never 31 2 10.1 4.5  
last dental appointment (no. of years) more than 10 45 2 10.2 5.0 p < 0.001
  05-oct 274 10 8.9 3.7  
  03-mai 531 19 8.3 3.4  
  01-mars 1024 38 8.2 3.4  
  within the year 851 31 8.1 3.5  
occupational category farmers 95 3 9.0 4.2 p < 0.001
  manual workers 152 6 8.0 3.6  
  technicians 840 31 7.8 3.2  
  employees 604 22 8.7 3.7  
  shopkeepers 246 9 8.4 3.6  
  executives 358 13 9.0 3.7  
  retired 430 16 7.2 2.9  
avoidance of care yes 527 19 11.9 3.9 P < 0.001
  no 2 198 81 7.4 2.8  
cancellation of dental appointments yes 199 7 12.9 4.3 p < 0.001
  no 2 526 93 7.9 3.1