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Table 3 DBS mean item scores and standard deviation (SD) for all adolescents (girls and boys)

From: Gender differences in adolescents’ perceptions toward dentists using the Japanese version of the dental beliefs survey: a cross-sectional survey

Item Girls (N = 403) Boys (N = 554) All (N = 957)
Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
1. Dentists don’t like requests 1.2 (0.6) 1.3 (0.8) 1.3 (0.7)
2. Dentists don’t have enough time 1.3 (0.8) 1.3 (0.8) 1.3 (0.8)
3. No clear explanations 1.3 (0.7) 1.4 (0.8) 1.4 (0.8)
4. Dentists don’t really listen 1.2 (0.7) 1.3 (0.9) 1.3 (0.8)
5. Do what they want, no matter what 1.4 (0.8) 1.5 (1.0) 1.5 (1.0)
6. Make me feel guilty 1.5 (1.0) 1.7 (1.1) 1.6 (1.0)
7. Not sure to believe what dentist says 1.2 (0.7) 1.4 (0.9) 1.3 (0.8)
8. Say things to try and fool me 1.1 (0.6) 1.3 (0.8) 1.2 (0.7)
9. Don’t take my worries seriously 1.2 (0.6) 1.3 (0.9) 1.3 (0.8)
10. Dentists make light of my fears 1.3 (0.8) 1.4 (1.0) 1.3 (0.9)
11. Worry if dentists are technically competent 1.5 (1.0) 1.6 (1.1) 1.5 (1.0)
12. Don’t think the dentist will stop if it hurts 1.4 (0.9) 1.5 (1.1) 1.4 (1.0)
13. Don’t feel I can stop for a rest 1.6 (1.1) 1.7 (1.3) 1.6 (1.2)
14. Don’t feel comfortable asking questions 1.7 (1.2) 1.7 (1.2) 1.7 (1.2)
15. Hearing news keeps me avoiding treatment 1.5 (1.0) 1.5 (1.0) 1.5 (1.0)
Total 20.3 (9.1) 21.9 (11.3) 21.3 (10.5)