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Table 1 Age of patients compared to dental anxiety categories (DAS) and psychological distress (BSI-18)

From: Psychological distress and anxiety compared amongst dental patients- results of a cross-sectional study in 1549 adults

  Age  
Dental anxiety Total sample (N, %) < 46 years (N, %) ≥ 46 years (N, %) Chi2-test
Low anxiety 1072 (70) 517 (69) 555 (71) χ2 (2, N = 1527) = 0.95, p = 0.62, v = 0.457
Moderate anxiety 379 (25) 191 (26) 188 (24)
High anxiety 76 (5) 40 (5) 36 (5)
Psychological distress Total sample (M, SD) < 46 years (M, SD) ≥ 46 years (M, SD) t-test
Somatization 1.94 (2.90) 1.93 (2.76) 1.95 (3.03) t(1425) = −0.16, p = 0.874), d = − 0.008
Depression 1.88 (3.35) 2.33 (3.45) 1.43 (3.17) t(1423) = 5.16, p < 0.0001, d = 0.274
Anxiety 2.78 (3.53) 3.20 (3.31) 2.39 (3.70) t(1425) = 4.31, p < 0.0001, d = 0.228
GSI 6.59 (8.21) 7.44 (7.91) 5.76 (8.38) t(1426) = 3.89, p < 0.0001, d = 0.206